Liana Bérubé

Violin & Viola

Liana Berube Headshot with violin
GMC 2072

The artistry of violinist Liana Bérubé is inextricably intertwined with self-knowledge and  self-compassion. Her openly expressive aesthetic, described as “searching  mastery” (Charleston Gazette-Mail), has been heard in North America, Europe, Asia,  and Australia. She is co-founder and violinist of the Delphi Trio as well as concertmaster  of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Concerto performances include appearances with  Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, Bear Valley Music Festival  Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, the Eureka  Symphony, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She has been heard on NPR,  CBC, VH1, WFMT Chicago, and Dutch Radio 4, and has collaborated with artists such  as Emmanuel Ax, Rachel Barton Pine, Anthony Marwood, Elizabeth Blumenstock,  Jennifer Frautschi, and the Alexander String Quartet. Concert appearances include  Chamber Music Concerts Ashland, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Orlando  Festival, Artist Series of Sarasota, Kronos Festival, Morrison Artist Series, Harry Jacobs  Chamber Music Society, Valley of the Moon Music Festival, the Verbier Festival, and the  Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, among others. 

Liana has a passion for unusual and challenging projects that has led her in many  strange and nontraditional directions. She is concertmaster of the Magik*Magik  Orchestra in San Francisco, with whom she frequently records and appears live. She  has recorded on two GRAMMY-nominated albums, has played in concert with Stevie  Wonder, Barry Manilow, Sting, Death Cab for Cutie, Chicago, and others, and  performed at the 2015 TED conference in Vancouver. She was concertmaster for the  premiere screening of the reconstruction of Abel Gance’s 1927 landmark film,  Napoleon, which drew international audiences from the film community, and she is often  part of the band for Pop Up Magazine, a live podcast show.  

Liana strongly believes in listening to deeper currents, intuition, subconscious, and  instinct, with the goal of following the innate knowledge of one’s personal truth. She is  the founder and curator of the Practice Project, a social media community dedicated to  encouraging a culture of openness, honesty, and vulnerability within the classical music  and wider artistic communities. Liana also brings her intuitive approach into  performance, trying to understand a composer’s intent and meaning within and beyond  the markings on the page. This fascination has led her to early historical recordings and  late 19th century performance practice, where one often hears composers or friends of  composers playing music from the now-standard repertoire. Liana is intrigued by the  role of performer as composer - or composer as performer - and occasionally fills both  roles herself. 

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Liana Bérubé studied at the University of Toronto  and in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Music Master’s degree  program. Her principal teachers have included David Zafer, Lise Elson, Axel Strauss,  and Annalee Patipatanakoon, and she has been mentored and substantially influenced  by Mark Sokol and Henk Guittart.  

Liana is on faculty at St. Mary’s College of California and Sonoma State University.