Bernard Zinck

Short Biography

Bernard Zinck is currently associate professor of violin and the chamber music Director at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2018, he received the “Excellence in Studio Teaching Award” by Civic Music Association. For the past seven years, he has been the artistic director of the Lakeside Chamber Music Workshop held each summer in the Chicago area. A graduate of the Paris Conservatory (first prize winner in violin and chamber music), the Juilliard School (Fulbright Scholar, BM and MM), and Temple University (DMA), Dr. Zinck started his concert career after winning the 1992 Yehudi Menuhin Trust Award in Paris. He performs regularly in Europe (Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Lizst Academy in Budapest, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Basilica San Clemente in Rome, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance), the United States (Weill Hall in NYC, Cultural Center in Chicago, National Gallery and Phillips Collection in Washington D.C.), South America (Belo Horizonte, João Pessoa, Porto Alegre, São-Luis and Uberlândia in Brazil) and Asia (Oji Hall in Tokyo) both as a soloist and chamber musician. His Szymanowski, Live from France and Uncommon Voices recordings have received critical acclaim from the International Press (The Strad Magazine, Strings magazine, Diapason, Fanfare, High Fidelity). He has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, France 2 Musiques au Coeur and Dimanche Martin, Chicago WFMT, and Wisconsin NPR. As a pedagogue, Dr. Zinck has served on the faculty of the Cologne Hochschule fur Musik summer program in Montepulciano and the International Lyric Academy of Rome, Italy, Holy Trinité Camp in Haiti, and he gives master classes throughout North America, Mexico, Brazil, Asia and Europe.

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