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BRIAN REAGIN

Brian Reagin, violin

Concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra since 1988, Brian Reagin was for eight years Assistant Concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony under André Previn and Lorin Maazel. With the Pittsburgh Symphony he toured Japan, China, Hong Kong, Europe, Canada and Puerto Rico and performed numerous recital and chamber works in Europe, Africa and the West Indies. Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Symphony, he served as Concertmaster of the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra and taught in Carnegie Mellon University. Named Concertmaster of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in 1996 at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, he became only the fourth Concertmaster in the history of that summer orchestra since its inception in 1929, joining a distinguished list of musical leadership. With Chautauqua he has also performed concertos of Korngold, Bruch, Bartók, Prokofiev, Schumann and Stravinsky.

Brian Reagin made his solo début with the Cleveland Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Since that time he has appeared as soloist in performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Wheeling Symphony. He has made annual solo appearances with the North Carolina Symphony performing concertos by Vieuxtemps, Paganini, Sibelius, Bruch, Korngold, Mendelssohn, Barber, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Bach and Vivaldi. Two days after the terrorist attacks of 11th September he was called on by the North Carolina Symphony to substitute for Itzhak Perlman, stranded in Detroit, for a performance of the Mendelssohn Concerto at their Gala season opening concert. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he earned a Diploma in Violin Performance in 1976 and an Artist Diploma in 1977. For four years he participated in the Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar, coaching with the Guarneri Quartet and with Mischa Schneider of the Budapest Quartet. He spent seven summer seasons at the Meadowmount School of Music where he studied with Ivan Galamian, coached with Josef Gingold and served as both an assistant and faculty member. He has been a recipient of numerous prizes, including First Prize in the Ohio Music Teachers Association Collegiate Artist Competition, First Prize in the Cleveland Institute Concerto Competition, the Society of American Musicians Talman Award in Chicago, and the Jerome Gross Memorial Prize at the Cleveland Institute.


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