Brandin Kreuder began the violin at the age of nine in the small town of Burlington, Wisconsin. His journey with the violin led him through dual bachelor's degrees in Music and Studio Art from Lawrence University and then onto the University of Miami Frost School of Music – where at 24 he switched to the viola.
As a chamber musician Mr. Kreuder performs with pianist Craig Jordan as Duo Vis-À-Vis. Following a series of independent concert tours, the duo performed aboard the Ms Zaandam and Ms Amsterdam cruise ships on the Holland America line. In early 2020 the duo enjoyed a 50-day stint on HAL’s Grand World Voyage.
Mr. Kreuder has performed with notable ensembles including the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the New World Symphony Orchestra, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. In 2018 he embarked on an independent solo tour titled Bach 6X6, which involved performances of the complete Bach Six Cello Suites in six diverse venues.
Performances have led him to Carnegie Hall, the Teatro Nacional of Costa Rica, and the Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills. He has worked with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Andris Nelsons, and Giancarlo Guerrero; and has performed with Yuja Wang, John Williams, Pinchas Zukerman, Christine Goerke, and Stephanie Blythe.
His former mentors include Jodi Levitz, Dr. Samantha George, Chauncey Patterson, Scott Flavin, Charles Castleman, and Brittany MacWilliams. Mr. Kreuder currently performs on a 1963 Roger and Max Millant viola and a Paul Martin Siefried bow, generously lent through the Maestro Foundation.
Aside from music Mr. Kreuder maintains a lifelong passion for the visual arts. He specializes in photorealistic portrait drawing and functional ceramics. He spends leisure time backpacking internationally, and has traveled to 35 countries across six continents. Photos from his recent adventures in Turkey, Mexico, and Colombia can be found at his instagram page – @thelaststandby.