de Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole / Nana
Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances / Nos. 5 and 6
“The evening concluded grandly with Brian Lewis's impassioned liming of Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, Op. 14. Lewis … is a charismatic star whose impeccable virtuosity and emotional directness were stunning. Singing with throbbing intensity, Lewis brought the crowd to a thunderous standing ovation …”
Sunflower Chamber Orchestra
One of the most versatile and charismatic violinists on the current scene, Brian Lewis is an exceptionally dedicated and gifted performer whose passionate artistry has been heard and embraced around the world. "There are a lot of fine violinists on the concert stage today, but few can match Lewis for an honest virtuosity that supremely serves the music,” reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. Acclaimed performances include concerto debuts in both New York's Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as performances with the Amarillo, American, Berlin (Germany), Boulder, Eugene, Greenwich, Guadalajara (Mexico), Hartford, Kansas City, Lima (Peru), Louisiana, Midland-Odessa, Odense (Denmark), Pensacola, Spokane, Syracuse, Topeka, and Wichita symphony orchestras, as well as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Sinfonia Toronto (Canada), among many others. Activities in Asia include concerto performances with the Taejon City Symphony in Korea, the Taipei Conductor’s Orchestra in Taiwan, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra in Japan. Upcoming highlights include performances with the Greenwich Symphony and Orchestra Iowa.
Mr. Lewis has quickly emerged as one of the leading violin pedagogues of his generation. He holds the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Texas where he is Professor of Violin. He is also Artistic Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School in New York City, Artistic Director of the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Kansas, a founding member of the Texas Piano Quartet, and Artistic Director of the Starling Distinguished Violinist Series at the Butler School of Music.
Mr. Lewis has recorded six CDs, most recently for Delos as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra in music by Leonard Bernstein and Hollywood composer Michael McLean. His numerous recital appearances include performances across the United States, including the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Great Performer’s Series at Lincoln Center in New York. Internationally, Mr. Lewis has been a featured recitalist in Australia, Canada, the French West Indies, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France, England, Denmark, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, and Brazil.
His many prizes and awards include the Grand Prize in the Mid-America Violin Competition, the Peter Mennin Prize and William Schuman Prize (awarded by Juilliard for outstanding achievement and leadership in the field of music), the Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence, two Elizabeth B. Koch Fellowships from the Kansas Cultural Trust, the University of Texas School of Music Teaching Excellence Award, and the Medal of
St. Barthélemy (for 19 years of artistic service and dedication to the cultural life of St. Barths). He was also named an ING Professor of Excellence at the University of Texas.
Known for his variety in programming and ability to communicate with audiences of all ages, Mr. Lewis has performed frequently as a member of the Kansas Arts Commission Touring Program and the Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Program. Radio and television appearances include performances on WNYC, WFMT (Chicago), National Public Radio, and CBS “Sunday Morning.” During the spring of 2014, Mr. Lewis served on the jury panel for the Menuhin Competition held in Austin, Texas. He was the concertmaster of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston from 2005-2012 and recently finished his second year in residency at the Yale School of Music as the Class of ’57 Visiting Professor in Music.
As a student of Eleanor Allen, Mr. Lewis began his violin studies at the age of four, and participated in the Ottawa Suzuki Strings program under the direction of his mother, Alice Joy Lewis. He later studied with Tiberius Klausner, and twice traveled to Japan where he studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where he was a student of Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, and Hyo Kang.
Mr. Lewis performs on a Gand Frères violin, made in Paris in 1863.