Clarinetist and conductor Brian Viliunas is an Assistant Professor of Music at Samford University, where he teaches clarinet, music classes, and conducts all orchestral activities. He studied at Northwestern University, Rice University, and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University. Brian was a Fulbright scholar to Norway, twice competed in the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition, and won Third Prize in the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition.
He has been a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, where he performed principal clarinet on their 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. He has given performances across the United States, fourteen countries, and on three continents. He has played with orchestras in Houston, Racine, and Alabama, and also the Bergen Philharmonic while living in Norway. Previously the principal clarinetist for the Phoenix Opera, Brian is currently the principal clarinetist for the Arizona Opera.
He is a Buffet Artist, and plays R-13 Greenline clarinets. For upcoming performances, please see brianviliunas.com