Described by the New York Times as an "accomplished and intrepid young player," Brian Krinke has performed extensively as a recitalist throughout the country and in Central America. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with musicians such as Orli Shaham, Simone Dinnerstein, Lukas Foss, and with members of the Pro Arte, Daedalus and Maia Quartets. Mr. Krinke has appeared as concerto soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia and the Boca Raton Symphonic Pops. He appeared in the world premiere of the Concerto for Two Violins by Calvin Hampton in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis with the Plymouth Music Series, a performance broadcast live on Minnesota Public Radio.
A seasoned orchestral musician, he has served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic and as Associate Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Guest appearances also include performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York. In the summer Mr. Krinke has appeared at the Bard Festival, Lake Tahoe Summerfest and the OK Mozart Festival. He currently performs as Concertmaster of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.
A new music specialist, Mr. Krinke has premiered and recorded many violin works, in addition to working with living composers such as Milton Babbitt, Andrew Imbrie and George Crumb. New music performance highlights include a residency at Bard College with the Da Capo Chamber Players and the June in Buffalo Festival, where he collaborated with violinist Curtis Macomber and the Cassatt Quartet. Mr. Krinke can be heard on the Naxos label performing chamber music by Jacobi and has recorded several violin works by Caroline Steinberg, available through CDUniverse and iTunes.
Mr. Krinke has a strong commitment to teaching violin at all levels. From 2005-2015 he trained gifted young violin students at the Special Music School in New York City, and his students have performed frequently with the youth new music ensemble Face the Music in venues throughout New York City, including a recent collaboration with the Kronos Quartet in Carnegie Hall. His teaching experience includes positions at Wichita State University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Hochstein Music School in Rochester, NY, Lucy Moses School and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York City, as well as master classes at Luther College, Florida State University and Southern Methodist University. He has coached chamber music for many summers at the Elm City ChamberFest in New Haven, CT. Mr. Krinke is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO.
Mr. Krinke holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with renowned Carl Flesch students Szymon Goldberg and Felix Galimir, as well as former Juilliard Quartet member Joel Smirnoff. He performs on a 1908 Stefano Scarampella di Brescia.