Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, violinist Emily Kriner has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, and Europe. Emily is co-founder and rotating concertmaster of the unconducted orchestra, One Found Sound and was a member of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Emily has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Academy Orchestra and Lake Tahoe Music Festival. As a chamber musician, her work has taken her to a variety of venues and concert series in North America including Herbst Theater, the Kimmel Center, SF Performances and SFJAZZ. She has held various chamber music residencies such as at the Banff Centre, New Music on the Point, and Avaloch Farm Music Institute and has performed at many festivals including Spoleto USA, National Repertory Orchestra, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the Aldeburgh Festival Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
Emily is dedicated to commissioning, premiering, and performing new music and has worked with a number of established and emerging composers including Sahba Aminikia, Ashley Fure, Tania León, Christian Wolff, and Aleksandra Vrebalov. Emily has performed alongside Ursula Oppens and has been a featured performer for two consecutive years on the Kronos Quartet Festival.
With an equal commitment to historical performance, Emily is a founding member of the baroque ensemble MUSA and has performed with the San Francisco Bach Choir, the American Bach Soloists Academy, the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Berkeley Fringe Baroque Festival and Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival. Her baroque violin teachers include Julie Andrijeski and Elizabeth Blumenstock.
In addition to her classical work, Emily has collaborated and performed with various popular artists such as Kygo, Michael Bublé, Sarah Brightman, Third Eye Blind, Journey and Magik*Magik Orchestra. She has performed at iconic venues such as The Fillmore, The Greek Theater, The Fox Oakland, Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever and on festival stages such as the Hardly-Strictly Bluegrass Festival and the Stern Grove Festival. Emily can be heard on a wide range of albums and feature film scores.
Emily earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, with a minor in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Linda Cerone, David Updegraff, Ian Swensen, and San Francisco Symphony members Catherine Van Hoesen, David Chernyavsky, and Melissa Kleinbart.
Emily is a devoted and passionate educator. Her teaching focuses on building a strong technical foundation while fostering confidence, independence, and a love for the learning process. She was a violin teaching artist at the Enriching Lives through Music program, a teaching fellow in Belize with the organization MusAid, a chamber music and sectional coach for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and on chamber music faculty for the String Quartet Camp at the San Francisco Community Music Center.
Emily is a registered Suzuki teacher, is on faculty at Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City, and has a private teaching studio in Brooklyn, New York.