Brandin Kreuder began the violin at the age of 9 in the small town of Burlington, Wisconsin. After completing dual bachelor's degrees in Violin Performance and Studio Art from Lawrence University, he enrolled at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where halfway through his graduate studies at the age of 24 he made a sudden switch to the viola. A year later, he earned a Master of Music degree under the tutelage of violist Jodi Levitz.
As a proponent of musical entrepreneurship, Mr. Kreuder enjoys creating opportunities to combine his love of music and travel. In 2016, he formed duo Vis-À-Vis with pianist Craig Jordan. They have performed six recital tours throughout the USA with recent appearances in Kansas City, Boulder, San Francisco, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. In the past year, Mr. Kreuder performed a solo tour titled Bach 6X6 — serving as both an in-depth exploration of the complete Bach Six Cello Suites and a string of six performances in six diverse venues ranging from churches, The Louisville Speed Art Museum, The University of Miami Lennar Medical Center, and the Holland America Ms. Zaandam cruise ship.
Mr. Kreuder has performed with numerous festivals and orchestras including the Tanglewood Music Center, The New World Symphony Orchestra, The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, The Franco American Vocal Academy in Perigueux, France, the College Light Opera Company on Cape Cod, the Sewanee Music Festival, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and the Green Lake Music Festival. He has performed in notable venues such as Carnegie 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, Giancarlo Guerrero, Thomas Adès, 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.
His additional mentors include violist Chauncey Patterson; violinists Scott Flavin, Charles Castleman, Dr. Samantha George, Brittany MacWilliams, Patricia Anders; and cellist Paul York. He has performed in Masterclasses for the Juilliard String Quartet, Samuel Rhodes, and Ed Gazouleas. Since 2018, Mr. Kreuder has performed on a 1963 Roger and Max Millant viola and a Paul Siefried bow, both generously lent through the Maestro Foundation in Santa Monica, CA.
Mr. Kreuder currently performs with Vis-À-Vis on the Ms. Zaandam cruise ship operated by the Holland America Line. They are one of the first American duo’s to serve in the Adagio Duo position, and presumably the only viola and piano duo in the history of the line. In the spring of 2020, they will sail on the Grand World Voyage aboard Ms. Amsterdam.