Brent Charran, Faculty, Cello
Vivian Torres, Faculty, Violin and Viola
Scott Flavin, UM Faculty, violin
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.
Vivian Torres is a recent recipient of the Artist's Diploma in Viola Performance from the Frost School of Music. She is a member of the performing group "Baby B Strings." Baby B Strings released their first album in 2013 with their original arrangement of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and debuted it at the (former) Miami Art Museum. Baba - Yaga, one of the movements from the suite, was featured live on WLRN's Folk and Acoustic Music with Michael Stock. Some other highlights include appearing on an internationally released HTC commercial featuring Robert Downey Jr. and playing on a South Florida promotional tour with MAC Cosmetics.
Baby B Strings pride themselves with having an open and forward-thinking attitude about the role of string players in the world of art. Playing in venues such as Miami's legendary rock club Churchill's Pub and working alongside major artists like Steve Miller (of Steve Miller Band), Maxwell, Mark O'Connor, and Black Violin are some of Baby B Strings' past projects outside of the classical genre.
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.