Bach Prelude II for Cello
(arr. for Viola)
Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Piano
Brian is a violinist, violist, fiddler, pianist, composer, and teacher. He is a remarkably versatile musician, performing in classical, folk, pop and rock styles. Originally from California, he moved to New York to earn his degree in string performance and classical composition at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, where he graduated summa cum laude. His teachers have included Du Yun (2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner), Brian Conway (1986 All Ireland Fiddle Champion), and Danielle Farina and Anna Kruger (Former violists for the acclaimed LARK quartet).
Brian performs at a wide variety of venues throughout the country, bringing his flexibility and diverse musical background to each event. In 2017 he joined Irish Punk band The Narrowbacks as their full time fiddler, shortly before their March With Magners tour, which concluded with a sold out show at NYC's Bowery Ballroom. That same year, he also joined the Queer Country band Paisley Fields, first appearing on their album "Glitter and Sawdust." A song from the album, "Can't Stop Our Love," was recognized by Wide Open Country as one of the best songs of 2018. Paisley Fields has toured extensively on the West Coast and in the Midwest.
Brian teaches violin, viola, fiddle, piano, composition, and early music development. The flexibility, curiosity, and diversity of influences that informs Brian's playing is also a foundation of his teaching style. He encourages students to explore the music that is meaningful to them, and strives to create a supportive environment where his students can grow technically and creatively. Brian believes that lessons can foster a sense of confidence and curiosity in students, giving them insight into the world around them and the ways that art and music influence their daily lives.