Scott Kluksdahl, Professor of Violoncello, has performed as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in major metropolitan centers throughout the United States, Europe, Israel, and Latin America, including The San Francisco Symphony, the Asheville, Marin, Omaha, Richmond (Indiana), and Tampa Bay orchestras, Bulgaria's Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, and Colombia's Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota.
He gave premiere performances of Augusta Read Thomas' Passion Prayers with the Chicago Contemporary Players and the Philadelphia Network for New Music, James Lewis' Doubles Singles Variables, and Hanoch Jacoby's King David's Lyre, Oedeon Partos' Yzkor and Mourning Music and Tzvi Avni's Khaddish with Israel's Hed Music Center. He performed with Florence Millet at the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards and plays the complete Johann Sebastian Bach six-suite cycle Cello Suites bi-annually in the Philadelphia Bach Festival, at San Francisco Theological Seminary, and with Tampa Bay's historic Springs Theatre.
Today, Kluksdahl commissions, premieres, and records works from contemporary composers, including Elliott Carter, Robert Helps, Bernard Rands, Augusta Read Thomas, David del Tredici, and Richard Wernick. Kluksdahl has recorded SoundVessels, Dream Journal, Chamber Music of Robert Schumann, Piano Trios for Solo Cello, and Changer Music of Nicolas Bacri.
Kluksdahl is USF's Theodore and Vennette Askounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar and serves on Vermont's Killington Music Festival and California Summer Music faculties.
Recipient of the Tanglewood Music Center's Leonard Bernstein Fellowship and prizes in the 1990 Walter W. Naumburg International Cello Competition and the Washington International Competition, Kluksdahl holds a BA in English and American literature from Harvard University and an MM from The Juilliard School.