Brian Viliunas, clarinet

Ronald Shinn, piano

Thu, Mar 15 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL

Brian Viliunas, clarinet

Ronald Shinn, piano

Thu, Mar 15 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL


Clarinetist and conductor Brian Viliunas has given performances in 11 states and Washington, D.C., 14 countries, and on three continents. He has played with orchestras in Houston, Racine and Waukesha, and also the Bergen Philharmonic while living in Norway as a Fulbright Scholar. Viliunas competed twice in the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and won Third Prize in the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition.

As a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Viliunas performed principal clarinet on the DVD recording of Verdi’s Requiem with conductor Placido Domingo. He has also performed with Lorin Maazel, Benjamin Zander, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Andrew Litton. Previously the principal clarinetist for the Phoenix Opera, Viliunas is currently the principal clarinetist for the Arizona Opera. He is also an assistant professor of music at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he teaches clarinet and music classes, and conducts all orchestral activities. Viliunas studied at Northwestern University, Rice University, and completed his D.M.A. at Arizona State University. He is a Buffet Artist and plays R-13 Greenline clarinets.  www.brianviliunas.com

Dr. Ronald Shinn has regularly presented solo and chamber music recitals. He and his wife Barbara have presented a number of duet/duo-piano recitals and for 17 years have co-directed a summer program for talented junior and senior high school students (Samford Piano & Chamber Music Institute). Shinn is also on the faculty of the outstanding summer piano program known as the International Institute for Young Musicians (IIYM).

Shinn has been a professor of piano at Samford University since 2007, the same year he won the Presidential Scholars’ Teacher Recognition Award in Washington, D.C. Prior to Samford, Shinn taught music at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, for 30 years. He holds a B.M. in piano performance from the University of New Mexico (George Robert, teacher), an M.M. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Howard Karp), and a D.M.A. from the University of Alabama (Amanda Penick). Shinn has recently become a Yamaha Artist.  www.ronaldshinn.com

Viliunas and Shinn completed a CD together in the fall of 2017 titled French & German Clarinet & Piano Classics. It is available as a CD or digitally from iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets.


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