Originally from San Antonio, TX, he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music and his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in cello performance at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he was a member of the graduate piano trio in residence. While at Eastman, he was the founding member of the Genesis String Quartet, which had several residencies in the U.S., including Roberts Wesleyan College and a rural residency in Madisonville, KY, where they performed for over 10,000 schoolchildren.
He has been on the faculties of the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University in Georgia, as well as Spring Arbor College and Albion University and has served as co-director of the Jackson Symphony String Academy in Jackson, MI. At UNCG, he has been the administrative assistant for the Luigi Silva Centennial Cello Celebration and the Bernard Greenhouse Cello Celebration and performed at both festivals.
As a soloist, he has appeared with the San Antonio Symphony and the Jackson Symphony. During the summers, he has attended such festivals as Aspen, Interlochen, Roundtop, the Quartet Program, the Heidelberg Castle Opera Festival in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Thy International Chamber Music Festival in Denmark.
Along with his wife, pianist Betsi Hodges, he performs regularly as the Duo Navona. They have performed recitals in the U.S. and in Rome, Italy as part of the Rome Festival and recently participated in the Premio Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition in Florence, Italy, the Hampden Sydney Chamber Music Festival in Virginia, and completed a chamber music residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada.
Brian and Betsi are also in the Rothko Piano Trio, with violinist Jo Nardolillo.
As a chamber musician, he has been coached by members of the Cleveland Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Amadeus Quartet, Ying Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Beaux Arts Trio, and the Guild Piano Trio.
Brian’s teachers and mentors have included Brooks Whitehouse, Pamela Frame, Alan Harris, Marcy Rosen, Mary Ruth Leonard, Ron Leonard, and Eleanor Schoenfeld.