Brianne Lugo *
Master of Music – Cleveland Institute of Music
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Carnegie Mellon University
Brianne Lugo is a New York native relocating to New Orleans to join the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2023/2024 season. She is also Assistant Principal Viola with The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, and violist the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (Ft. Myers, FL) and Punta Gorda Symphony.
After receiving her BFA at Carnegie Mellon University and MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, she spent three years in Chicago with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a violist, she has performed in symphonic and operatic settings throughout her career, as well as both on and off-Broadway musical theater productions (Kid Victory, Ain’t Too Proud). This career also includes performances on Saturday Night Live (Chance the Rapper), The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (SZA), to Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert series, to Kings Theater in Brooklyn, to Rockwood Music Hall, to Alice Tully Hall, to Carnegie Hall. Typically, she can be found traversing the NYC region with her viola, and, most likely, a bagel.
She has thoroughly enjoyed genre-hopping and performing various styles of music throughout the Tri-State area and down on the Gulf coast. During the pandemic shut down, Brianne jumped into learning about at-home recording as well as providing her time and efforts in the social justice scene around NYC while advocating for the performance of lesser-known BIPOC composers. She has been involved in groups including the Lotus Chamber Music Collective, Sound Off: Music for Bail, and Contemporaneus Ensemble. She looks forward to being involved
the vibrant music scene in New Orleans.