Brandon Encinas began his studies on violin and viola at the age of ten through his public-school program in Visalia, CA. He has since toured the world with renowned groups such as the Celebrant Singers, the Whyman Project, and performed with artists such as Luis Fonsi, Serj Tankian, and composers like John Debney and Jack Wall. Brandon’s experience playing as a concertmaster of the CSUN Symphony, section violist of Debut Orchestra, and violist of multiple chamber ensembles including Átomos String Quartet and Cattus String Quartet, have influenced his belief that his students benefit from unique and diverse performance opportunities.
Central to Brandon’s teaching philosophy is the belief that all students have the ability to grow and thrive as well-rounded individuals from the study of music. He works carefully with each pupil to outline goals and develop a clear path to achieving them. Brandon’s students have gone on to study with professors at the Colburn School, hold positions with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, attend Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and participate in numerous prestigious programs such as, Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and Montecito International Music Festival.
Brandon holds both a Bachelor of Music in violin performance and a Master of Music in viola performance from California State University, Northridge. A private music instructor for over decade, Brandon regularly seeks ways to continue his development as a pedagogue. He has completed his Suzuki training with Edward Kreitman, Charles Krigbaum, and Cathryn Lee, and has since been inspired by the teaching principles of Suzuki and the belief that every child has the potential to succeed when given a supportive environment.
When not teaching or performing live, Brandon is working as a recording artist in studios across Los Angeles, recording for movies, video games, and solo performing artists from all over the world.