Brenda K of San Diego, California followed the traditional career path of a classical violinist, beginning private musical studies at the age of six and obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree from San Diego State University where she won a Kiwanis scholarship her freshman year, performing recitals, weddings, musical theatre and on other musicians’ recordings, hopefully edging toward a permanent seat in a symphony orchestra. When nothing sustainable materialized, she took a brief hiatus from music where she met multi-instrumentalist and composer Chi Saito in Tokyo and the two began a long-term collaboration.
Her classical background was greatly enriched by her experiences performing with various ensembles working in different styles of music such as country, jazz, Celtic, pop, rock, and World, for which her improvisation skills that had been recognized during her youth by the receipt of several Music Teachers’ Association awards came in handy. Her recording credits include work on independent recordings with members of Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Three Dog Night, the Doobie Brothers, and many others.
She is currently based in Los Angeles, California, and is concentrating on recording and performing with her own all-original cross-genre ensemble, The Panache Orchestra, which she co-founded with Chi Saito in Tokyo, Japan in early 1999. She is also working hard at adding audio engineering and production to her skill set.