Violinist Brian Benning's curriculum vitae reads like a virtual who's who of the entertainment business. Brian is the son of violin makers Hans and Nancy Benning and the brother of violin maker Eric. Brian plays and performs on a violin crafted with his own hands and is also an accomplished teacher, pianist and singer.
Brian has performed with Clay Aiken, Josh Groban, Susan Boyle and Demi Lovato. He has recorded with Barry Manilow, Justin Timberlake, Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, Prince, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Toni Braxton, Beyoncé and Norah Jones just to name a few. Brian has also appeared on stage with Anjelica Huston and Sir Ben Kingsley and served as piano coach to Jack Nicholson in the 1996 blockbuster As Good as it Gets.
Brian can be heard on countless prominent movie and television soundtracks including Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, This is it, Spiderman 3, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager, Star Trek Enterprise, America's Got Talent and Ally McBeal.
After spending 25 years in private study with Robert Lipsett, Manuel Compinsky, Linda Rose, Mike Ferril and Endre Granat, Brian has performed as a violinist with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, the Civic Light Opera Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony and the American Youth Symphony and as a vocalist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Brian is a much in-demand session player and freelancer who has become a vital part of the diverse Los Angeles music scene.
- Violinist Kristine Whitson 11 August 2023
- Violinist Mitchell Newman 25 October 2016
- Violinist Vijay Gupta 12 March 2016
- Violinist Christine Frank 09 December 2015
- Violinist Tamamo Gibbs 10 September 2015
- Violinist Stacy Wetzel 19 August 2015
- Violinist Clayton Haslop 01 May 2015
- Violinist Michael Ferril 12 March 2015
- Violinist Alex Granger 18 February 2014
- Violinist Vincent Houser 15 June 2012
- Violinist Cyndi Hall 03 May 2012
- Violinist Tito Quiroz Angulo 29 April 2012
- Violinist Sharon Cooper 24 April 2012
- Violinist Brian Benning 08 April 2012
- Violinist Ashot Tigranyan 08 April 2012
- Violinist Aleksandra Maslovaric 08 April 2012
- Violinist Henry Gronnier 04 April 2012
- Violinist Randall Garacci 04 April 2012
- Violinist Hubert Pralitz 04 April 2012
- Violinist Colleen (Larsen) Coomber 04 April 2012
- Violinist Carolyn Osborn 04 April 2012
- More Players Of Benning Crafted Instruments 06 April 2010