About

Originally hailing from San Diego, California, violinist Kimberly Durflinger holds a section violin position in the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. She is also a substitute violinst with several major North American orchestras, a member of the rock band Vaerisa in Toronto, and a private violin teacher. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON with her fiancé Christopher Stork and their four guinea pigs.

An avid orchestral musician, Kimberly began her contract with the Thunder Bay Symphony in 2021. Additionally, she is a substitute violinist for the San Diego Symphony, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. In Summer 2022, she will be performing with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa as part of their orchestra mentorship program. She also performs with the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Middlebury Opera Company of Vermont, as well as the National Academy Orchestra of Canada for their Summer concert series.

Kimberly is passionate about being involved with genres of music outside the realm of classical music. She is a member of the Toronto-based rock band Vaerisa, which was formed in 2018. Vaerisa has toured the east coast of Canada, and has taken part in festivals and events such as Toronto’s Indie Week, and been featured in Stencil Magazine UK. Vaerisa’s debut record ‘Heliograph‘ is set to be released through Sony/BFD in April of 2022.

In addition to Vaerisa, Kimberly has premiered numerous contemporary classical 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, 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 graduated with a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in 2018 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2016. Her teachers include accomplished musicians such as Andrew Wan, Alexander Read, Lynn Blakeslee, Jing Yan Bowcott, and Alexandra ‘Olga’ Keegan.