Originally hailing from San Diego, California, 26 year old violinist Kimberly Durflinger is based in Ontario, Canada where she holds a section violin position in the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, subs with major Canadian orchestras, is contracted with RWS Entertainment Group NYC, member of the rock band Vaerisa in Toronto, and a maintains a private violin studio.
Kimberly recently won an audition with the Thunder Bay Symphony in 2021. She will begin her contract in October. Additionally, she is 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. Furthermore, she performed with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada for their Summer concert series. Before winning her first position with TBSO, Kimberly was taking many auditions. She won a section violin position with Symphoria in 2021. Additionally, she has made it to the semi-finals and finals in auditions for major symphonies such as I Musici Orchestre de Chambre de Montréal, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Opera Orchestra, and the Grand Rapids Symphony.
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.