Bernard Zinck


Bernard Zinck, concert violinist and recording artist, is currently Associate Professor of violin and Director of chamber music studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2018, he was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Studio Music Instruction by the Milwaukee Civic Music Association. Since 2011, he is the artistic director and founder of the Lakeside Chamber Music Workshop in Lake Forest, Illinois. He is in demand as a coach and teacher, having served on the faculty of Music Alps Academy (France), Köhln Summer Institute in Montepulciano, the International Lyric Academy of Rome and the Tuscia Operafestival (Italy), the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, and Holly Trinity Summer Music camp in Haiti. He is regularly invited to conduct master classes and residencies in universities and conservatories throughout the world. His students have been accepted into music programs at the Juilliard School, New England and San Francisco Conservatories, Cleveland Institute, and have won positions in leading symphony orchestras.

Zinck began violin studies in his hometown of Tours, France and graduated from the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse with first prizes in violin and chamber music. Admitted to the Juilliard School of Music as a Fulbright scholar, he earned his BM and MM degrees after only four years of study. In 2006, he earned a DMA from Temple University in Philadelphia with a thesis on the eighteenth-century French creole violinist, Chevalier de Saint-George, a remarkable figure of the French Enlightenment whose compositions he has researched, lectured on and played. He has been invited to perform works by Saint-George for Montreal's Black History Month, the Chicago Festival de la Francophonie, the EACLALS triennial conference in Venice and, at UWM, for the granting of an honorary doctorate to former French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira.

Bernard Zinck's concert career began when he won the 1992 Yehudi Menuhin Trust Award in Paris. His scintillating recordings of Szymanowski's Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Live From France and Uncommon Voices have won him a reputation as an expert interpreter of impressionist and contemporary music. He has a close affinity with the works of the European nationalist composers of the early twentieth century, but is equally committed to a repertoire ranging from Corelli to Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. His talent and interpretive insight have made him a sought-after soloist and he has performed extensively in concerts and recitals in Europe, the United States, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea and Japan. Recent venues include the Athénée Théâtre Louis Jouvet and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Théâtre Impérial in Compiègne, Les Flâneries de Reims, Radio-France Montpellier, Rencontres Musicales de Calenzana, and the cathedrals of Le Mans and Alençon (France); Brighton Arts (U.K.); World Acedemy of Irish Dance and Music in Limerick (Ireland); Salzburg Mozarteum (Austria); Liszt Academy in Budapest (Hungary); Szymanowski Festival in Zakopane (Poland); Basilica San Clemente in Rome and Orsanmichele Church in Florence (Italy); Oji Hall in Tokyo (Japan); Oscar Peterson Hall in Montreal (Canada); the National Gallery and the Phillips Collection in Washington DC; the Bowdoin International Music Festival; and the Santa Fe Concert Association. He has appeared as guest soloist with many orchestras, including the New Mexico Symphony, the Princeton Chamber Players, the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Bohemia Symphony, the Radio-Television Orchestra of Romania, the New Opera Di Roma Orchestra and the Orchestre National de la Garde Républicaine in Paris, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chihuahua, and the Camargo Guarnieri, Caxias, Porto Alegre, Unisinos symphony orchestras in Brazil. Bernard Zinck has appeared in numerous concert series in Chicago: Dame Myra Hess at the Cultural Center, Rush Hour at St. James Cathedral, St. James Cathedral Concerts, Cube, The Alliance Française, and was featured with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on WFMT “Live from Studio One”.

Bernard Zinck's artistry has been praised in terms such as "impeccable accuracy of pitch" and "formidable technique". The Strad Magazine noted his "round and opulent tone” and his "vibrato bringing moments of sheer ecstasy”, while Fanfare Magazine was impressed by the "singing, sensuous, sumptuous, shimmering” quality of his playing, which the French Figaro summed up in the expression "violon solaire”.

Bernard Zinck has recorded for Ligia Digital (Karol Szymanowski, complete works for violin and piano), the Musical Heritage Society (Live from France, solo and chamber music by Bach, Kodàly, Ravel, Ysaÿe) and Vienna Masters (Uncommon Voices, chamber music works by Burt Levy and Yehuda Yannay). In 2016, he wrote an article on performing injuries that was published by String Magazine. In 2008, his performance at the Rush Hour concerts was featured on NBC “Nightly News with Brian Williams”. He has performed on several French national televisions broadcasts such as “Musiques au Coeur” and “Dimanche Martin” and radio broadcasts on WFMT in Chicago and Wisconsin National Public Radio.

Since 2002, Bernard Zinck plays a Giovanni Battista Rogeri violin, dated 1690 – a purchase made possible with the support of the Bass family.