Brian Lewis is the Class of '57 Visiting Professor in Music for the 2010-2011 academic year. Mr. Lewis holds the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy at The University of Texas at Austin.
An advocate for music education in the schools, Mr. Lewis frequently presents concerts, workshops, and master classes for Young Audiences of Houston. Named National Artist of the Year in 1998 by Young Audiences, Inc., he was also presented the 2003 Fredell Lack Award by YAH for having performed for more than 165,000 young people in the Houston area. He is the Artistic Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School, the concertmaster of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, a founding member of the Texas Piano Quartet, and Artistic Director of the Starling Distinguished Violinist Series at UT.
As a student of Eleanor Allen, Mr. Lewis began his violin studies at the age of four, and participated in the Ottawa Suzuki Strings program under the direction of his mother, Alice Joy Lewis. He later studied with Tiberius Klausner and with Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto.
He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where he was a student of Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, and Hyo Kang.