Brandon Encinas

Brandon E.

North Hollywood, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have played viola as long as I have been playing violin. I love the violin, but the viola has a certain richness about it that I cannot keep myself away from.

If you are interested in learning to play the viola or to advance further in your viola studies, I will do my best to take you as far as you are willing to go.
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Brandon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2010

I currently hold a Bachelors of Music degree in violin performance, and a Masters of Music degree in viola performance. Additionally, I studied music education for 2 years at the University of Redlands.

I have taught privately and in classrooms since 2009. My career is made up of not only teaching, but performing in live concerts and recordings all throughout the Los Angeles area. I have also performed in over 30 U.S. states and in the countries of Haiti, Colombia, Portugal and France as violinist and music director.


Violin Performance & Education
Jan 2008 - Present
Brandon E.


Michael Ferril, violin at California State University, Northridge 2012-Present

Pavel Farkas, violin at University of Redlands 2010-2012

Kira Blumberg, viola at University of Redlands 2012

Lori Anderson 2007-2010, Former Concertmaster with Tulare County Symphony in Visalia, CA


The Whyman Project - Present

Winners of the Beverly Hills Music in the Mansion Auditions in 2014.

Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra (substitute musician) violin & viola 2013-2014

Special performances with composers: Inon Zur, Gary Schymann, Chris Lennertz, Austin Wintory, Bruce Broughton, Russell Brower, Jack Wall.

Debut Orchestra, special performance aired on KUSC Live classical music station November 2013

Tulare County Symphony 2009-Present

Celebrant Singers "International Music & Missions Apostolate" 2010-Present

Violinist and tour director. Toured throughout the U.S., Haiti, Colombia, Portugal & France.

Fresno Grand Opera "Showboat Performance" May 2012

University of Redlands Symphony Orchestra violin 2010-2012

University of Redlands Chamber Ensemble violin & viola 2010-2012

Hanford Kings Symphony 2006-2012

College of Sequoia Youth Symphony viola 2007-2009

California Orchestra Directors Association, Strings violin 2007, 2009

California Orchestra Directors Association, Symphony viola 2008

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia International Music Fraternity 2011-Present


"Whymanesque" The Whyman Project 2014

"Funeral Rain (Ek Shaam)" Sandesh Nagaraj 2014

Ultimate Studios, Inc

"Kangaroo Court-Capital Cities" Emoto Music 2013

"Celebrant Singers Live" National Haitian Television 2013

"Passage" Hourglass Productions 2011


Private violin & viola teacher 2010-Present

Tulare County Symphony 2009-Present

Kids Must Have Music, Classroom Music Teacher 2013-2014

Valley Performing Arts Center Audience Services 2013-2015

University of Redlands Community School of Music & the Arts, Private violin instructor 2010-2012

University of Redlands "String Project" Classroom Music Instructor 2011-2012


Lawrence Middle School, Classroom Strings Teacher 2013-Present

Calahan Elementary School, Classroom Violin Teacher 2012-2013

Houston Elementary, Classroom Music Assistant 2009-2010

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Master of Music in Viola Performance
May 2015 - Present
California State University, Northridge
Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2015
California Sate University, Northridge

Photos & Videos

Let it Go - The Whyman Project (viola)
Photo by Brandon E.

Photo by Brandon E.

Photo by Brandon E.

Photo by Brandon E.

Photo by Brandon E.

Teaching violin in South America, Colombia on the army base.

Teaching violin in Lisbon, Portugal.

Concert for the National Colombian Army.
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3 Reviews

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Sydnie P. Mar 17, 2016
Violin · In home

Brandon is a great teacher, I'm really enjoying our lessons, and it's at the point where I find practicing fun.

James Jan 23, 2016
Violin · In home

I didn't deal with so may Violin teachers to compare, but I can't imagine a better teacher than Brandon. Thank you Brandon!!!

Jennifer K. Sep 22, 2015
Violin · In studio

Brandon is a wonderful violin teacher he takes time to teach you the music and learn to read the notes in a methodical way.

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