Brian Howe began studying the violin at the age of six. He has worked with artists such as Jeff Thayer, Simon James, Kristof Barati, Rachel Barton Pine, and has performed in chamber masterclasses with Modigliani String Quartet, Escher String Quartet, Calidore String Quartet, and Arianna Quartet.
Mr. Howe is currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance with Polish violinist Andrzej Grabiec at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, having completed both his undergraduate in music education and master’s degree from the same university. Mr. Howe is also studying with Mr. Grabiec and Tali Morgulis in chamber music with the Irida Piano Trio, and has previously studied with Kyung Sun Lee, Sophia Silivos, and Kenneth Goldsmith. In 2007 and 2012, he participated in the Texas Music Festivals where he worked with Zuo Jun.
During both his master’s and doctoral degrees, Mr. Howe has sat as concertmaster of the Moores School of Music’s Symphony, Chamber, Ballet, and Opera Orchestras. As concertmaster, he has worked with soloists including Allen Vizzutti, Randy Becker, Michael Martin, the SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and conductor Lavard Skou Larsen. Mr. Howe was the 2016 recipient of the A. Clyde Roller Orchestra Award for superior musicianship, outstanding leadership, and meritorious service to the orchestra program from Maestro Franz Anton Krager.
Mr. Howe’s students have been successful in auditions for region orchestras for both the middle school and high school divisions and have achieved principal positions in these orchestras. Several of his high school students have also been All-Area musicians as well as All-State musicians. In addition to these achievements, students of his excel in various youth orchestras throughout the Katy and Houston area.