Originally hailing from San Diego, California, violinist Kimberly Durflinger is based in Canada where she is a substitute violinist for several professional orchestras, a contracted musician with RWS Entertainment Group NYC, member of the rock band Vaerisa in Toronto, a session musician for recording projects, and a private violin teacher at Long and McQuade.
Currently, Kimberly works as a substitute violinist for the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Middlebury Opera Company of Vermont. One of her dreams is to play full time in a professional orchestra in which she has been taking auditions for. She has made it to the finals in auditions for major symphonies such as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Opera Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, and the Grand Rapids Symphony. Additionally, Kimberly has been newly contracted by the National Academy Orchestra of Canada for their Summer concert series.
Kimberly is also passionate about being involved with genres of music outside the realm of traditional classical music. She is a member of the rock band Vaerisa, based in Toronto, where she composed and recorded violin parts for the band’s new albums Heliograph and Florilège. She has premiered numerous contemporary works with the AMF Contemporary Ensemble and the OSSIA New Music Ensemble, been hired to play in Eastman jazz concerts, can be heard on the soundtrack for an episode of Star-trek, performed punk-rock music at the House of Blues in San Diego, played in the orchestra for Montréal’s 375th Anniversary concert (which included artists like: Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Watson, Isabelle Boulay, Coeur de pirate, Pierre Lapointe, DJ Champion and Diane Dufresne), performed in the orchestra for Klô Pelgag, a Canadian pop singer, has been concertmaster for several musical productions including West Side Story and Les Misérables, and recorded the theme song to the video game Renaine which will be released on the Nintendo Switch.
Classically trained, she holds a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers include accomplished musicians such as Andrew Wan, Alexander Read, Lynn Blakeslee, Jing Yan Bowcott, and Alexandra ‘Olga’ Keegan.