Violist Brandin Kreuder enjoys an emerging career spanning everything from chamber music tours, orchestral engagements, solo work, recording sessions, and arranging. His 2018-19 concert season featured his first solo project titled Bach 6X6 - a tour consisting of six performances in CO, WI, KY, FL, CA and MO of the complete Bach Six Cello Suites on the viola. He has performed regularly as a substitute with the New World Symphony Orchestra on Miami Beach, including their 2019 tour to NYC. He has performed in notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, Ozawa Hall, the Teatro Nacional of Costa Rica, the Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, and both the Adrienne Arsht Center and New World Center in Miami. He has worked under conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Andris Nelsons, and James Conlon; and has performed with Yuja Wang, John Williams, Pinchas Zukerman, Christine Goerke, Stephanie Blythe, Rachel Barton Pine, Norman Fischer, James Galway, Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison, Bruce Hornsby, and Monica Mancini.
Since 2016 Mr. Kreuder has performed with pianist Craig Jordan in the emerging Duo Vis-À-Vis. The duo has performed recitals in nine states with recent stops in Kansas City, Boulder, Ames, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. The duo has performed in an array of venues including churches, homes and schools. They strive to break the barrier between musician and audience by sharing stories of their programming and process in performances, as well as by performing in communities without regular access to chamber music. This fall the duo will begin as a featured ensemble with the Holland America Cruise line.
As a 2019 viola fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Kreuder performed in a complete concert run of Wagner Der Walküre, and performed in the rarely programmed John Cage Song Books. He has spent the past summers as the Principal Violist and Assistant Concertmaster of the College Light Opera Company on Cape Cod (2018, 2017 and 2015); and at festivals such as the Franco American Vocal Academy in Perigueux, France (2016), the Sewanee Music Festival (2016 and 2013), the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute (2014), and the Green Lake Chamber Music Festival (2012).
Mr. Kreuder has been fortunate to perform on a number of fine instruments. Currently, he performs on a 1963 Roger and Max Millant viola and a Paul Siefried bow, both generously lent through the Maestro Foundation in Santa Monica, CA. In 2018 he performed on a Gaetano Gadda viola lent from violinist Charles Castleman. During his undergraduate he had the joy of regularly performing on a rare 17th century Andrea Guarneri violin on loan from Lawrence University.
Mr. Kreuder earned his M.M. in Viola Performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in 2018, with the distinction of a Henry Mancini Orchestral Fellowship. He earned dual bachelor’s degrees from Lawrence University and Conservatory in 2016 - a B.M. in Violin Performance and a B.A. in Studio Art. Additionally, he spent the 2018-19 academic year as a teaching assistant at the University of Louisville. His mentors include Jodi Levitz, Scott Flavin, Chauncey Patterson, Dr. Samantha George, Brittany MacWilliams, and Patricia Anders. He has studied chamber music with current and former members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Ed Gazouleas, Charles Castleman, Hall Grossman, and Paul York.
Originally from Burlington, WI, Mr. Kreuder originally began as a violinist at age 9 in the public schools. He is a former member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra. His other passion for the visual arts has led to exhibitions throughout the country, most notably a portion of his ceramics installation “Paddled Boxes” was exhibited and won top prizes in Miami’s iconic Wynwood Art District in 2017. Today he primarily spends his free time traveling and learning about cities throughout the world. He has traveled to 15 countries including New Zealand, Costa Rica, Portugal, England, The Netherlands, France, Scotland, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy, Germany, The Czech Republic, and Switzerland.