Canadian violinist Liana Bérubé’s love of performance began at the ripe old age of six and has since taken her around the world. An alumnus of the studios of David Zafer and Annalee Patipatanakoon at the University of Toronto, Liana completed her Masters of Music in Chamber Music Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying under Axel Strauss. She has played in 14 countries on four continents in many of the world’s greatest concert halls, including the Sydney Opera House, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Lyon Opera, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and the Tokyo Opera City Hall. Liana’s performances have been broadcast on CBC radio and NPR as well as VH1.
As an orchestral musician, Liana has played with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto chamber orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra among others; she is currently the associate concertmaster of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and principal second violinist of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Liana was a member of the prestigious Verbier Festival Orchestra from 2006-2008, and was featured as mandolin soloist on the 2006 tour through Asia and Australia.
In her parallel life as a non-classical musician, Liana is concertmaster of the Magik*Magik Orchestra in San Francisco, with whom she has played with Sting, Death Cab For Cutie, members of Fifth Dimension, members of the Manhattans, members of the Supremes, Chris Botti, John Vanderslice, Third Eye Blind, and many others. She has also appeared in concert with Sarah Slean, Emily Haines of Metric, Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder, and Josh Groban. Liana can be heard on John Vanderslice’s album White Wilderness and Death Cab For Cutie’s GRAMMY-nominated album Codes and Keys.
Having found her true passion in chamber music, Liana was a founding member of the Cecilia String Quartet until 2006, and is the violinist of the San Francisco-based Delphi Trio. A recipient of both the University of Toronto’s Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music Excellence and the SF Conservatory’s Departmental Award for Chamber Music Excellence, she has participated in multiple chamber music seminars, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Meisterkurse with the Tokyo String Quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and the St Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford. Liana has collaborated with many of the world’s leading chamber musicians, including Anthony Marwood, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Jodi Levitz, Kenneth Slowick, and Jorja Fleezanis.
Liana is deeply interested in foreign cultures and people, and is committed to using her music to bridge differences in the world.