Originally hailing from San Diego, California, violinist Kimberly Durflinger currently holds a section violin position in the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. She also subs with several major North American orchestras, performs in the rock band Vaerisa, and maintains a private violin studio. 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 has subbed with the San Diego Symphony, National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, I Musici Orchestre Chambre de Montréal, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed 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 2022.
In addition to Vaerisa, Kimberly enjoys taking on projects from contemporary classical composers, has been recorded for a Star-trek episode soundtrack, performed in a punk-rock band at the House of Blues in San Diego, and recorded the theme song to the video game Renaine which will be available 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. She has been coached and guided by wonderful musicians and people such as Andrew Wan, Leah Roseman, Alexander Read, Lynn Blakeslee, Jing Yan Bowcott, and Alexandra ‘Olga’ Keegan.