Blayne Barnes, Violinist
 
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Blayne Barnes recently returned to the Pacific Northwest after five years performing and teaching in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Barnes began his musical studies at the age of 10 in public school in his native Tempe, Arizona. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University and his Master of Music degree from the University of Oregon, where he was named “Outstanding Graduate Performer in Music.” While at ASU and U of O, Mr. Barnes had the privilege of studying Rolland pedagogy with Marla Mutschler (co-author of Paul Rollandʼs book, The Teaching of Action in String Playing), Dounis pedagogy with William Magers, and Suzuki pedagogy with Shelley Rich. Other notable teachers include Fritz Gearhart and Jorja Fleezanis.

An active performer, Mr. Barnes plays regularly with the Seattle Symphony and is a member of the Britt Festival Orchestra. In recent years he has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Oregon Symphony. In addition to the many subscription concert performances with these orchestras, he toured twice with the Minnesota Orchestra to New York City to
perform at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and toured several times to Chicago with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has held leadership positions in orchestras, including assistant concertmaster and acting concertmaster of the Eugene Symphony, and concertmaster of the Kenwood Symphony in
Minneapolis. Other noteworthy performances have been with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, and the orchestra of the Seattle Opera. Additionally, Mr. Barnes has recorded with the Minnesota Orchestra, Native American flutist, R. Carlos Nakai, on his Grammy-nominated album, Inner Voices, as well as for numerous motion picture and television soundtracks.


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