Bernard Zinck


BERNARD ZINCK, concert violinist and recording artist, is currently Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music Director at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also is the artistic director and founder of the Lakeside Chamber Music Workshop in Lake Forest (Illinois) and Candes St Martin, (France). In 2018, he was awarded the “Certificate of Excellence in Studio Teaching” by Civic Music Association.

Professor Zinck is in demand as a coach and teacher, having served on the faculty of the Köhln Summer Institute in Montepulciano, the International Lyric Academy of Rome and the Tuscia Operafestival (Italy), the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Alps in Courchevel, 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 and is on the roster of Eastern Music Festival 2019 featured artists.

Bernard Zinck graduated from the Paris Conservatory after winning first prizes in violin and chamber music. He was admitted as a Fulbright scholar to the Juilliard School where he earned his BM and MM degrees. In 2006, he received a DMA degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. His thesis was on the eighteenth-century French violinist, Chevalier de Saint-George, a remarkable figure of the French Enlightenment whose compositions he has researched, lectured on and performed. He was invited to participate and perform in Montreal's Black History Month, Chicago Festival de la Francophonie, and Venice EACLALS triennial conference.

Bernard Zinck's concert career began after winning the 1992 Yehudi Menuhin Trust Award in Paris. His recordings of Szymanowski's Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Live From France and Uncommon Voices have won him the reputation of an expert interpreter of impressionist and early 20th-century music. His talent and interpretive insight have made him a sought-after soloist who has performed extensively in concerts and recitals in Europe, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Haiti, Brazil, South Korea and Japan. Venues include the Théâtre du Châtelet and Athénée Théâtre Louis Jouvet in Paris, the Théâtre Impérial in Compiègne, Les Flâneries de Reims, Radio-France Montpellier, Rencontres Musicales de Calenzana and the cathedrals of Tours, Le Mans, Sées and Clamecy (France); Brighton Arts (U.K.); World Academy of Irish Dance and Music in Limerick (Ireland); Salzburg Mozarteum (Austria); Liszt Academy in Budapest (Hungary); Euregio Maas-Rijn Organ Festival (Holland); Szymanowski Festival in Zakopane (Poland and Sicily); Basilica San Clemente in Rome and Orsanmichele Church in Florence (Italy); Oscar Peterson Hall in Montreal (Canada), the National Gallery and the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Santa Fe Concert Association, Oji Hall (Tokyo). He has appeared as guest soloist with many orchestras, including the New Mexico Symphony, the San Juan Symphony, the Princeton Chamber Players, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chihuahua, the Porto Alegre, Unisinos, Caxias and Camargo Guarnieri Symphony Orchestras in Brazil, 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. Bernard Zinck has appeared in numerous concert series in the Midwest: In Chicago, at the Dame Myra Hess at the Cultural Center, Rush Hour at St. James Cathedral, Cube, the Alliance Française and with members of the Chicago Chamber Musicians on WFMT “Live from Studio One”. In Wisconsin, he performed at the Calatrava Art Museum and All Saints Cathedral (Milwaukee); the Chazen Museum of Art (Madison); and the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (Appleton). One of his performance at the Rush Hour concerts was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

His 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 (complete works for violin and piano of Karol Szymanowski), the Musical Heritage Society (Live from France) and Vienna Masters (chamber music works by Burt Levy and Yehuda Yannay). In 2016, he wrote an article on performing injuries that was published by String Magazine.

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