Brent Charran, Faculty, Cello
Vivian Torres, Faculty, Violin, Viola, and Alexander Technique
Scott Flavin, violin, UM faculty, Department of Instrumental Performance
Steffen Zeichner, Jazz Violin Faculty
Adrian Gordon, Conductor
Brent Charran is a cellist from Miami, Florida. An active member of the Miami music community, Brent has performed and recorded across the Classical, Jazz, R&B, Latin, Modern, and Rock genres. Brent won the NWSA Concerto Competition with the Dvorak Cello Concerto (2007) and also received a full scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival (2009). Recent collaborations include a solo performance for the corporate reveal of Ralph Lauren's Love fragrance line and an appearance with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Miami during their Lost Christmas Eve concert tour.
Born and raised in Miami, FL, Vivian is a freelance professional violist, President of Friends of Collegiate Music, a 501 C3 dedicated to raising music scholarships for college students. Vivian is also the founder of Share the Music, Inc., a music education organization that donates a percentage of its proceeds to local arts nonprofits.
In May 2020, Vivian will be completing her teacher training certification in the Alexander Technique in Philadelphia. She will be the only certified teacher and musician in all of South Florida. Through her training, she intends to help performers rehabilitate from and prevent performance-related injuries, manage performance anxiety, improve stage presence and increase awareness of body alignment in performers.
Vivian has been a music educator for over 15 years and is currently a faculty member at Westminster Christian School, Gulliver Academy, NWSA's ViolaFest and UM Frost School of Music's Young Musicians Camp. She is an alumni of New World School of the Arts High School, the FIU School of Music, where she received her Bachelors & Masters degrees in Music Performance, and the UM Frost School of Music where she received her Artist Diploma in Music Performance. She has studied under the direction of Juilliard graduates Richard Fleischman, Paul Coletti, and Michael Klotz. She performs regularly with chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout Florida.
Scott Flavin enjoys an incredibly versatile musical career. Since 1998 he has been a professor of violin at the Frost School of Music of the University of Miami, where he is first violinist of the internationally-acclaimed Bergonzi String Quartet, as well as Resident Conductor for The Henry Mancini Institute. He also is concertmaster of Florida Grand Opera, and violinist/violist for PULSE Trio. As a composer and arranger, his works have been heard on "Performance Today" and have been recorded by the Bergonzi Quartet. As conductor, he has appeared on the podium with such diverse artists as Joseph Silverstein, Bobby McFerrin, Mark O'Connor, and Chick Corea, and is Music Director of the Miami Mozarteum Orchestra. His recordings include chamber music on the Naxos, M&W, and Centaur labels, and commercial recordings on Sony, EMI, and Warner Brothers, including appearances on over a dozen Grammy Award-winning albums. He has written three plays, and his book, "Complete Scales for Violin" is available through M&W Music. He has recorded two solo CDs, "Great Violin Solos of the Opera and Ballet" and the Brahms violin sonatas.
Steffen Zeichner is a creative violinist who actively performs jazz, classical, klezmer, and a variety of other genres. Steffen is also a passionate educator with a focus on developing the creative potential of string players, particularly through exposing them to musical genres outside of the classical world and by helping students develop improvisational skills. Throughout his career Steffen has performed with a variety of top artists including Chick Corea, Gloria Estefan, Cyrille Aimee, Nestor Torres, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, and George Benson, with whom he was featured as the violin soloist and concertmaster for Benson's 2013 album, "Inspiration". He has a BM in Violin Performance from Indiana University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree (concentration in jazz violin pedagogy) from the University of Miami.
Adrian Gordon is an active performer, composer, and music educator living in Miami, FL. Mr. Gordon currently serves as the orchestra director at Westminster Christian School, in Palmetto Bay, FL. He received his B.A. in music from the University of Miami, and his Masters degree in Music Education at Florida International University. In addition to teaching, Mr. Gordon is the founder of Leap Year Music Publishing which, publishes string music for elementary, middle, and high school ensembles. Mr. Gordon's compositions appear on the Texas, Florida and Georgia Orchestra Association Music Performance Assessment Lists. His compositions are distributed through JW Pepper and have been performed throughout the United States. Adrian resides in Miami with his wife Kelly and their two sons.