KRISTIAN KLEFSTAD is Assistant Professor of Piano at Belmont University, where he teaches piano, piano pedagogy, piano literature, and directs the piano ensemble. He is the Coordinator of the Piano Pedagogy program at Belmont, and serves as both the President-Elect for the Nashville Area Music Teachers Association, and also the Secretary/Treasurer for the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society. In addition, Dr. Klefstad directs the Young Artists Piano Invitational summer piano program at Belmont.
Dr. Klefstad is an active recitalist, clinician, lecturer and adjudicator in the United States. He has performed solo and collaborative concerts throughout the country, and has appeared as a soloist with the Jefferson City Symphony, the Millikin-Decatur Civic Symphony, and the University of Texas Symphony. Recent events include concerts for the Steinway Society of Nashville and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Guest Artist Series.
Dr. Klefstad has previously taught piano at Baylor University, and also served on the faculty of Baylor's Summer Keyboard Institute. He has completed several arrangements of symphonic music for piano duo, and his setting of the finale from Beethoven’s Choral Symphony for two pianos was premiered in Temple, Texas by the CAC Chorale in 2005.