B i o g r a p h y
Brynn Albanese, Violinist
Brynn Albanese made her solo debut at the age of 10 with the Carson Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Los Angeles within a family of professional musicians. Her Mother was a cellist, Father a clarinetist and her grandfather a concert pianist. The most prominent musician in the family was Opera Prima Donna, Licia Albanese.
Brynn studied in Los Angeles from the age of four until seventeen with Elizabeth Ivanoff Holborn. During this period, Mrs. Albanese was the recipient of many first place awards. Some of them include the six-year consecutive winner of the California Bach Festival, VOCE regional and state competitions and the Etude competition. She has served as Concertmaster of the California State Honors Orchestra and Principal Second of the National Honors Orchestra under James DuPriest.
She spent her teenage years and early twenties performing and studying at summer festivals such as Interlochen National Music Camp, Ivan Galamians’ Meadowmount School, Blossom Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival and various European venues as well. Mrs. Albanese graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland with the highest honors. She served as Concertmaster of the Peabody Orchestra for four years including a tour in 1987 to the former U.S.S.R. She was a featured soloist with cellist Carter Brey performing “Don Quixote.” Upon graduation, she was the recipient of the Van Hulstein Award for The Most Valuable Musician of the Orchestra.
In her last year of college, she was appointed Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Giselle Ben-Dor. In the next three years with the orchestra, she appeared regularly as a soloist. Also during this period she played and toured with The Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman, had regular appearances at the Walters Art Gallery and was the Assistant Concertmaster of the Baltimore Opera Company.
The summer of 1991 and 1992 found her at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Both summers Mrs. Albanese was appointed Concertmaster for the first and second Leonard Bernstein Memorial concerts under Seiji Ozawa and Rodger Norrington; she received the Henry Kohn Award for The Most Valuable Member of the Tanglewood Festival.
In the fall of 1992 Brynn relocated to Boston where she was appointed Concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic under Benjamin Zander and also Principal Second of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under John Williams and Keith Lockhart. From 1993 to 1998 she was a regular with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa; she participated in all domestic and international tours as well as all recordings. She has performed under Conductors such as James Levine, Mariss Jansons, George Solti, Jaap van Zweeden, Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Marin Alsop, Seiji Ozawa, Bernaard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and many other greats as well.
She has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at the acclaimed Boston Symphony Hall under Keith Lockhart. From 1998 to 2006, Brynn lived and worked in The Netherlands.
She was the Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Residentie Orchestra under the direction of Evgenii Svetlanov and Jaap van Zweden; some of the groups that Brynn performed with were The Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and countrywide recital and chamber music series.
She decided to return to her family in the United States and has settled on the Central Coast of California. Other colors of the musical world were beckoning her….
She was the Concertmaster of the Monterey Symphony and Principal Second of the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, On the Central Coast now since 2006, Brynn has become a multi genre violinist. She plays every style of music out there and frequently records for singer songwriters and film scorers locally and nationally. She also enjoys occasionally recording for Disney-Pixar movies and Theme Parks She has performed, recorded, played with orchestras and toured internationally for ten years with the ever popular World music ensemble, Café Musique.
In the summer of 2018, she was invited to be the Concertmaster of the National Women’s Music Festival Orchestra under Nan Washburn, and she taught and performed at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alsaka alongside Robert Franz Currently Brynn performs the role of Concertmaster as well as been the soloist in many different groups on the Central Coast including The San Luis Obispo Symphony, under the baton of Andrew Sewell, Opera San Luis Obispo; Brian Alhadeff, Orchestra Novo; Michael Nowak and Symphony of the Vines; Greg Magie.
She is becoming widely known in the world of education for her mobile recital lecture series and her “Violin Practice Technique Boot Camps”, which were presented and accepted in Washington D.C. at an American String Teachers Association Conference in 2012. Currently she is on the string faculty at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo teaching violin and viola and regularly coaches the orchestra strings as well as various chamber music groups. She also teaches privately all styles.
Her latest venture finds Brynn wearing her Producer/Artistic Director and sometimes Performers hat for the new acoustic concert series, Cambria Concerts Unplugged, based in Cambria California at the magical Old Santa Rosa Chapel up on the hill. This series caters to groups from all over offering up Celtic, Jazz, Gypsy, European, Singer Songwriters, Tango, Acapella Voices Classical and much more. Brynn enjoys cooking and star gazing. She once was a DJ and can cut hair. The outdoors, camping, and hiking in the Eastern Sierra of California is her favorite. She resides happily in Cambria, California with her spouse and dog, Trina.
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