Brett Deubner

Brett Deubner, one of this generation’s most accomplished violists, has inspired worldwide critical acclaim for his powerful intensity and sumptuous tone.

Recent performances include concerto appearances with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Thuringer Symphoniker in Saalfed, Germany, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, the Grainger Wind Symphony in Melbourne, the Filharmonic del Quito, String Orchestra of the Rockies, the National Symphony of Ecuador, the State Orchestra of Merida, Venezuela, the New Symphony of Sofia, Bulgaria, the Peninsula Symphony of California and the Kiev Camerata in Ukraine.

The 2013-14 season highlights include debuts with the Missoula Symphony, The Texas Festival Orchestra at Round Top, the Lyviv Festival Orchestra in Ukraine, the Orquestra Filarmonica do Espirito Santo in Brazil and Orchestre Bel’Arte in Paris. He has collaborated with some of today’s leading conductors such as Ann Manson, Lucas Richman, David Lockington, Patricio Aizaga and Rossen Milanov.

Brett Deubner’s commitment to extending the repertoire for the viola is made evident by collaborations with some of today’s greatest composers such as Samuel Adler, Lalo Schifrin, Andrew Rudin, David Del Tredici and several of this generation’s leading young composers. To date, over 80 works for viola including 27 viola concerti and numerous solo and chamber works for viola have been dedicated to and premiered by Brett Deubner.

Brett Deubner has served on the faculty of Temple University's Boyer School of Music and Dance in Philadelphia and Kean University’s Conservatory of Music.  Constantly in demand as a master class visiting guest and chamber music collaborator, Brett Deubner is on the faculty of the International Festival at Round Top, and the Musica Negli Horti festival in Tuscany, Italy. Brett is the Artistic Director of the concert series, “Music and More” in New Jersey where he makes his home with his wife and four children.

Reviews of Violist Brett Deubner

Fanfare Magazine

“Deubner meets every musical and technical challenge most admirably”

The Strad, Sept 2012 issue

However, it was the Three Pieces by Amanda Harberg, performed by Brett Deubner with the composer at the piano, that left a more vivid impression with their infectious capriciousness"

Daniel Patrick Stearns - Philadelphia Inquirer

“..viola soloist Brett Deubner brought needed depth to the more ruminating cadenzas. “

Bradley Bambarger - New Jersey Star Ledger

“Deubner played...with dynamic virtuosity hitting the center of every note no matter how many there were.”

- Klang Punkte, Doblinger Press Vienna

" Virtuoso and sparkling...both recordings distinguish themselves through technical brilliance."

Gary Fagin, conductor of Bucks County Symphony

"With the orchestra members stamping their feet and the standing ovation audience cheering, Brett Deubner wowed us all with his artistry and brilliance."

Minneapolis Post

"This CD is a must for any fan of the viola and English music!"

St. Louis Post

“...he had a splendid time with Schubert’s Sonata in A, tackling it with Romantic abandon. The audience applauded at the conclusion of the first movement.”

-Michael Redmond - Princeton Packet

"The measure of his success can be taken by the fact that having heard the adaptation, I simply cannot imagine the piece with any solo instrument other than Mr. Deubner’s."

Members of Grand Rapids Symphony

“Brett, the stunning feedback from audience members keeps coming in - you changed everyone's view of the viola this past weekend. You were really wonderful. Thank you for joining us!”


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Music Performed by Brett Deubner

Reinhold Gliere / Romance for Viola and Piano (Brett Deubner, viola and Luba Slepoi, piano). / (3.0mb - 1:39)

L. Kolodub / Moldavian Folk Songs (Brett Deubner, viola and Luba Slepoi, piano). / (7.8mb - 4:14)

Alexander Arutunian / Elegy (Brett Deubner, viola and Luba Slepoi, piano). / (8.0mb - 4:23)

Trent Johnson / Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Movement 3 (National Chamber Orchestra of Ukraine, Valery Matiukhin, conductor, Brett Deubner, solo viola). / (13.4mb - 7:18)

Sonata in E flat for Viola and Piano, Movement 1.
Composed by Johannes Brahms. Brett Deubner, viola and Gary Kirkpartick, piano.