Brad was born in Edwardsville, IL and began studying violin at the age of 5 at the Suzuki program at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. While a member of the program, Brad had the opportunity to study with John Kendal—internationally acclaimed string pedagogue and the man who introduced the Suzuki Method of instruction to the United States. He also spent many of the summers of his early childhood studying at the American Suzuki Institute in Steven’s Point, WI. In his later childhood, Brad began traveling to St. Louis to study with the distinguished Suzuki instructor Joseph Kaminsky. Finally, in preparation for his undergraduate studies in music, Brad returned to SIUE to study with Dr. Lenora Anop—Director of the String Division at SIUE.
Following high school, Brad attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied instrumental performance and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music. During his time at the University of Illinois, Brad had the opportunity to study with the prodigious and world-famous performers and pedagogues Sherban Lupu and Stefan Milenkovich. He also performed as a member, as well as assistant principal and principal violin, of the University of Illinois Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestras under Drs. Louis Bergonzi and Donald Schleicher. In addition to his university education, Brad attended such summer festivals as Innsbrook Institute, where he received chamber music instruction from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s David Halen, among others.
Brad’s musical career has carried him across the United States and abroad, with featured performances in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, as well as Paris and Nice, France. He has had the opportunity to perform alongside instrumentalists such as the renowned pianist Ian Hobson, and under such celebrated conductors as Mexico’s Eduardo Diazmuños. He has been fortunate to be able to perform with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra under Allan Dennis, as well as the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Milliken-Decatur Symphony Orchestra.
Brad has a deep desire to use his musical abilities and training to educate others, so that they too can experience the joys of playing music, can set and reach their own musical goals, and can lead richer, fuller lives. To this end, he has taken advantage of the pedagogical courses offered during his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois, and avidly supplements his training with graduate pedagogy courses. Brad believes strongly in the merits of the Suzuki Method of instruction as a means of building a firm musical foundation in students’ lives, upon which they will be able to build and grow to any musical height. He looks forward to the opportunity to start new students, to work with students who currently play in a school orchestra and are looking for further instruction, or to guide intermediate and advanced students to reach their full potential.