Brett Deubner

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Brett Deubner
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Background information
Born (1968-03-31) March 31, 1968 (age 52)
Berkeley, California, United States

Brett Deubner (born March 31, 1968, Berkeley, California) is an American violist. He has performed as concerto soloist with over 70 orchestras on four continents.

Early life[edit]

Growing up his primary teachers were violinists Melvin Ritter and Fredell Lack, both star pupils of Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School in New York City. Deubner studied both violin and viola at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where his primary teachers were Zvi Zeitlin, Martha Katz, the Cleveland Quartet and John Graham.

Career and Performances[edit]

Deubner has performed as a soloist with orchestras all over the world.

Grammy winning composers such as Lalo Schifrin, Carlos Franzetti, and Richard Danielpour have written viola concerti for Brett Deubner.

As of 2017, Deubner has had over 80 works for viola including 37 viola concerti and numerous solo and chamber works for viola written for him. He has recorded 15 CDs including concertos of Trent Johnson, Frank Lewin, and Andrew Rudin, and made chamber music recordings for string quartet, harp trio, clarinet/viola/piano trio, viola/guitar duo and 5 viola/piano CDs.[11][12][13]


He has collaborated with leading conductors as Perry So,[14] Anne Manson, Lucas Richman, Patricio Aizaga, David Lockington, Oliver Weder[15] and Rossen Milanov.[16]

As a chamber music collaborator, Deubner has performed with violinists Pinchas Zukerman,[17] Timothy Fain, Gregory Fulkerson,[18] Stefan Milenkovich[19] and Dimitry Sitkovetsky, the Tokyo Quartet, Claremont Trio, the Vermeer Quartet; pianists Joseph Kalichstein,[20] Jeffrey Swann[21] and Robert Koenig; cellists Wendy Warner and Sarah Sant’Ambrogio;[22] clarinetists Guy Deplus and Alexander Fiterstein; flutists Carol Wincenc[23] and Ransom Wilson;[24] New York Philharmonic former principal oboist Joseph Robinson and Dallas Symphony principal oboist Erin Hannigan.[25]

During 2017, Deubner will record and premiere Grammy-award-winning composer Richard Danielpour’s viola concerto being specifically written for him.[26]

Social accomplishments[edit]

Deubner instructs young violists on the faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York.[27]

Besides, he is the Artistic Director of the concert series Music and More serving the NYC metropolitan area; he also serves as the faculty of the Round Top Festival Institute in Texas[28] and the Gramado in Concert International Music Festival in Brazil.[29]

Deubner provides master clinics in the USA and abroad.[30][31][32]

Private life[edit]

Deubner lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his wife and four children.


  1. ^ Kaczmarczyk, Jeffrey (February 26, 2012). "Grand Rapids Symphony brings new generation of classical artists and composers to town for Rising Stars Series".
  2. ^ "Peninsula Symphony agenda". Peninsula Symphony webpage. October 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "Musicians: Brett Deubner". New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Missoula Symphony Orchestra's "Italian Fire"". Montana Public Radio. November 1, 2013.
  5. ^ "N. Marin, con solista invitado, dirigirá "Viaje musical por Italia" con la OSNE". (in Spanish). March 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "Orquestra Sinfônica do RN faz show gratuito em Natal". September 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "Deubner-Fauchet Duo interview in France". Brett Deubner official YouTube channel. March 29, 2012.
  8. ^ ""Purple Rhapsody" concerto by Joan Tower with Brett Deubner and Thuringer Sym..." Brett Deubner official YouTube channel. March 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "Trent Johnson Concerto for Viola and Orchestra". Brett Deubner official YouTube channel. August 17, 2009.
  10. ^ "Houston Dunleavy, Concerto for Viola and Symphonic Winds, part 1". Houston Dunleavy official YouTube channel. December 12, 2011.
  11. ^ "Brett Deubner – Recordings". Brett Deubner official website.
  12. ^ "LÉVY, F.E.: Viola Music (Deubner, G. Kirkpatrick)". Naxos Records.
  13. ^ "The sixth in our series of music by Frank Lewin showcases his orchestral works". Albany Records.
  14. ^ Lu, Catherine (June 11, 2014). "Round Top Music Festival: Conductor Perry So". Houston Public Media. Guest conductor, Perry So, will lead a program of Sir William Walton’s Viola Concerto (with Brett Deubner as soloist)
  15. ^ "In rehearsal with Thuringer Symphoniker Harberg concerto, 1st movt". Brett Deubner official YouTube channel. November 25, 2012.
  16. ^ "Orchestral Music of Frank Lewin". Amazon.
  17. ^ "Chamber Music Benefit Concert with Pinchas Zukerman and the NJSO Chamber Players". New Jersey Symphony Orchestra website. January 27, 2017.
  18. ^ "Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series present Trio Combray with violist Brett Deubner". Downtown Tempe Authority. Archived from the original on 2017-02-11.
  19. ^ "Round Top Music Festival". Stefan Milenkovich website.
  20. ^ Fernandes, Raquel (January 28, 2009). "Kean Concert Artists Head for the Big Apple". The Tower- Kean University Students Newspaper.
  21. ^ "2015-16 Horizons Concert Series closes with Jeffrey Swann and friends". Northern Arizona University website. April 13, 2016.
  22. ^ "Hershey Violins". Hershey Violins. February 23, 2010.
  23. ^ "Just Down The Road: Destinations, Festivals & Fun". Insite Brazos Valley. May 15, 2012. Round Top Music Festival – June 23 at 1:30 Claude Debussy (1862–1918) Syrinx for Flute Solo Sonata for Violin and Piano in g, Sonata for Cello and Piano in d, Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp in F, Stefan Milenkovich, violin; Brett Deubner, viola; Emilio Colon, cello; Carol Wincenc, flute; James Dick, piano; Paula Page, harp.
  24. ^ "Durufle Prelude Recitatif et Variations: Ransom Wilson, Brett Deubner, Juana Zayas". Brett Deubner official YouTube channel. May 11, 2014.
  25. ^ Child, Fred. "A tone poem by Strauss". Your Classical. Benjamin Britten: Phantasy Quartet, Op. 2 Erin Hannigan, oboe; Nancy Wu, violin; Brett Deubner, viola(...)
  26. ^ "Noted violist to perform with La Sierra chamber orchestra". La Sierra University webpage. March 11, 2016. In the fall of 2017, Deubner will record and premiere Grammy-award winning composer Richard Danielpour’s viola concerto
  27. ^ "Bett Deubner". Aaron Copland School of Music webpage.
  28. ^ "Brett Deubner – Viola Master Class – Round Top Music Festival – 2016". Round Top Festival Institute.
  29. ^ "Terceira edição do Gramado in Concert com programação gratuita na Serra Gaúcha". Brasilturis Jornal (in Portuguese). January 30, 2017. O violista norte-americano Brett Deubner vem novamente à Serra como solista e professor, além de realizar uma nova master class aberta ao público no hotel Master Premium.
  30. ^ "Violist Brett Deubner Masterclass at Round Top". Round Top Festival Institute official YouTube channel. July 4, 2012.
  31. ^ "Bach 6th suite: viola master class with Brett Deubner in France". Brett Deubner official YouTube channel. September 29, 2014.
  32. ^ "Deubner viola master class in Brazil". Brett Deubner official YouTube channel. April 13, 2016.

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