Brian Brown, NFSYO & Junior Orchestra Conductor
Brian Brown currently serves as Principal Violist of the NFSO, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and Mobile Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 he appeared as soloist with the Mobile Symphony in a world premiere performance of Kenji Bunch’s viola concerto, “Golden Apples of the Sun”. In recent seasons he performed in recitals and chamber music performances in many of the countries most prominent venues - Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston and Severance Hall in Cleveland. Mr. Brown also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, members of the Lincoln Center Chamber Players as well as Orchestra St. Lukes.
As an active chamber musician, Mr. Brown performed in many festivals which include; Tanglewood, Blossom Festival, International Festival Institute at Round Top, Yellow Barn, Encore School for Strings, Meadowmount and Washington Square Music Festival in Manhattan. He has collaborated and performed with artists such as the Emerson String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, Robert Mann, Robert Helps, Jorja Fleezanis, Andre Emelianoff, and rock legend Paul Simon.
Mr. Brown has collaborated with many of the great conductors of our time including Sir Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Bernard Haitink, Andrew Litton, Otto Mueller, Aton Coppola, Gustav Meier, Peter Oundjian and Robert Spano. As Principal Violist he has performed with artists Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Yefim Bronfman, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tabea Zimmermann, Leila Josefowicz, Claude Frank, Pamela Frank, Joseph Robinson, Glenn Dicterow, Philip Smith and Joshua Smith. He also performed with the following actors; Andy Garcia, Angela Bassett, James Avery, David Ogden Stiers, Brian Dennehy, LeVar Burton, Alfre Woodard and Lyle Lovett.
As an instructor Brian Brown serves on the faculties of Northwest Florida State College and the Summer Trios Music Festival at both Bryn Mawr College and Wilson College. He taught secondary violin and viola at Yale University. Mr. Brown studied violin and viola at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Yale University. His teachers include Robert Vernon (Principal Violist Cleveland Orchestra, Julliard Faculty), Sally Thomas (Julliard School Faculty), Linda Cerone (Cleveland Institute Faculty), (San Francisco Conservatory Faculty), Stanley Konopka (Cleveland Orchestra), Jorja Fleezanis (former Concert Master San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra), Thomas Turner (Principal Violist Minnesota Orchestra), Jessie Levine (Yale University Faculty) and Kazuhide Isomura (Tokyo Quartet Violist).
In 2011 he collaborated with actor Chaz Mena and PSO musicians Hedi Salanki and Barbara Gabriel in the making of Yo Solo: Bernardo de Galvez. A film depicting Pensacola’s role in the American fight for Independence.
In February 2013 Pensacola Magazine featured Mr. Brown in an article titled, “Pensacola Vanguard Artists”.
At the age of 13 Mr. Brown joined the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and 2006 became Principal Violist. In 2007 he was appointed Principal Violist of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Brown will perform as a featured soloist in the PSO’s 2013 -2014 season at the Saenger Theater. In addition to performing, Mr. Brown is a teacher in the Mobile Symphony Strings Academy and a private violin and viola instructor.