"He easily navigates technique that not that long ago would have been considered impossible on the clarinet, all the while maintaining his signature sound and excellent intonation"
- Clarinet Magazine
Viliunas is "enchanting with his warm personality and spectacular musicianship."
- Chattanooga Times Free Press
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, BRIAN VILIUNAS is an esteemed clarinetist, conductor and educator, holding the appointments of Associate Professor Music and Orchestra Director at the Samford University School of the Arts in Birmingham, Alabama.
Brian Viliunas received his Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, subsequently earning his Master of Music from Rice University and his Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University. Earlier, he was a prize winner in the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, later becoming the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Norway.
As an ensemble member, Brian Viliunas has performed under distinguished conductors Andrew Litton, Lorin Maazel, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Benjamin Zander and with orchestras in Alabama, Houston and Racine. While living in Norway, he played with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Of special note: During his membership in the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, he was principal clarinetist on its DVD recording of Verdi’s Requiem, under the baton of Placido Domingo. Dr. Viliunas was the principal clarinetist of the The Phoenix Opera, and currently serves in that position for Arizona Opera.
Conducting full productions of opera and musical theatre, Brian Viliunas’ credits include Amahl and the Night Visitors, Hansel und Gretel, Jane Eyre, Le nozze di Figaro, A Little Night Music, The Pajama Game, The Pirates of Penzance and White Christmas. He conducted the world premiere of Evan Mack’s The Ghosts of Gatsby, an opera commissioned by Samford University. During the 2019-20 season, Dr. Viliunas leads productions of 1776: The Musical and Into the Woods.
Brian Viliunas has issued two CDs: “German & French Clarinet & Piano Classics,” featuring the music of Brahms, Poulenc and Bizet (available from CDbaby and Amazon) and Agents of Espionage, a Potenza Music album, comprised of commissioned scores by Zachary J. Bramble, Mark Lackey and Ryan Springler.
Brian Viliunas is a Buffet Clarinet Artist, performing exclusively on R-13 Greenline clarinets.