Brian began by experimenting with alternative methods of playing the piano (beating candlesticks on the keys at age 3), moving to the viola and French horn before finally settling on the euphonium, with a brief affair with the tuba. He began composing at 18 and has written pieces for orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, and chamber ensembles.His works have been performed in Europe and the United States.
Brian has earned degrees from The Catholic University of America (DMA), the University of Redlands (MM), and the University of Virginia (BA). He also attended the Sessione Senese per la Musica e l'Arte in Siena, Italy. He has studied with Joseph Del Principe, Angela Jelliffe, Carl Roskott, Walter Ross, Andrew Simpson and Steven Strunk. Brian was awarded the University of Virginia, McIntire Department of Music Departmental Recognition Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Contribution in 2002, and elected into Pi Kappa Lambda, a music honor fraternity in 2006. His piece Triptych was funded in part by the Composer Assistance Program of the American Music Center. Brian was commissioned to write Parate viam Domini for the The Annual Christmas Concert for Charity in 2010 held in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. He was a guest composer at the University of the Philippines - Diliman in March 2012.
Brian is a member of Phi Mu Alpa Sinfonia, ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, and the College Music Society. He is the composer-in-residence for Ensemble Next Parallel and currently on staff at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.
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El Filibusterismo by Jose Rizal