Amanda Brin, a native of Rochester, New York, is a founding member and first violinist of the Hyperion String Quartet. Her playing has been praised for its “lusciousness and great pathos” by Classical Voice of North Carolina and as a member of the quartet, she won first prizes at the Coleman, Music Teachers National Association and Green Lake chamber music competitions, and was the bronze medal prizewinner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Hailed by The Strad magazine for their “uncommonly high level of homogeneity and confidence”, the Quartet has held residencies at San Diego State University in collaboration with the La Jolla Music Society, the Western Piedmont Symphony in North Carolina, the Empire State Youth Orchestra in Albany, New York and the Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing, New York.
She has performed as soloist with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra in New York and has also appeared at festivals including the Strings in the Mountains Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and SummerFest La Jolla. Amanda has collaborated with renowned artists including Anthea Kreston, Eugenia Zukerman, Anne-Marie McDermott, Stephen Taylor, Stewart Rose, Jennifer Frautschi, Benny Kim, Toby Appel, Sophie Shao, Melvin Chen, Raman Ramakrishnan and the Miró and Rossetti string quartets. She currently spends her summers performing as Assistant Concertmaster of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta in New York.
Dedicated to teaching, Amanda has served on the faculty at the Hartt School Community Division, Montana Chamber Music Workshop, Connecticut College, SUNY Adirondack and Skidmore College, and currently teaches at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.
Amanda holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Kent State University. Her principal violin teachers include Ilya Kaler, Timothy Ying, Sandy Yamamoto, Ivan Chan and Cathy Meng Robinson and she studied viola with Chauncey Patterson. Other mentors include Virginia Wensel, Betty Haag and David Updegraff. She also studied chamber music with members of the Ying, Miró, Miami, Juilliard and Emerson quartets. She currently performs on a J.B. Ceruti violin on generous loan.
She is married to cellist, Jonathan Brin, and they have three children, Annabelle, Elliott and Oliver.