Brandon Du, violin
Brandon Du, 14, is currently a 9th grader at Centennial High School in Ellicott City. He began studying violin at the age of four with Mr. and Mrs. Briskin. Brandon joined Baltimore Symphony Youth Concert Orchestra (BSYCO) when he was in 3rd grade and was invited to join the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra (BSYO) when he was in 5th grade. He has served as co-concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra since 6th grade.
Brandon has won numerous awards in many string competitions. Most recently, Brandon won first prize in The FMMC High School Competition for Strings, first place in The Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition Senior Division and grand prize in the Frederick Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Other awards include first place in the advanced violin category and women’s committee award in the 47th Annual Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition, and second place in the 2018 Mary Smart Concerto Competition at the Summit Music Festival. He was also the first prize winner in the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition and Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition Junior Division in 2017, the winner of the National Chamber Ensemble Outstanding Young Artist Achievement Award in 2016; first prize winner of the VIVO International Music Competition (Group C: Ages 12-14), 2016-2017, and the second prize winner of the Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition (Fall selection, group B. 11-14 years of age) in 2016.
Brandon’s first appearance with an orchestra was with the Baltimore Symphony Youth Concert Orchestra after he won their concerto competition in 2014. Since then, he has performed as a soloist with Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, National Chamber Ensemble, Columbia Orchestra, and Ottawa Chamber Symphony. Brandon was also invited to perform Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in the Midweek Education Concert series during the spring of 2015.
In the Summer of 2017, Brandon attended Brian Lewis Young Artists Program, along with eleven other young violinists, and studied with Brian Lewis, Simon James, James Stern, and Bryan Hall. He also attended Summit Music Festival in the summer of 2018 and studied with Victor Danchenko and Herbert Greenberg.
When not practicing or performing, Brandon enjoys reading, doing math, and playing table tennis.