Jay Phillips Chair
Kristen Bruya joined the Minnesota Orchestra as principal bass in February 2015. Prior to this, she was the assistant principal bass of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 2010 through 2014, and a member of Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s bass section from 2006 to 2010.
Since moving to Minneapolis, Kristen has enjoyed performing in Minnesota Orchestra's Chamber Music series, as well as with the Colonial Chamber Series, and is thrilled to be part of the 2016 Twin Cities Bass Camp faculty. In recent seasons she has also performed in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, with the Santa Fe Opera, in Toronto Symphony’s Chamber Concerts series and with the Canadian chamber orchestra Group of 27. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, in addition to teaching privately.
Bruya, a native of Missoula, Montana, received a master of music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where she studied with Tim Pitts and Paul Ellison. Earlier she received a bachelor of music from the University of Michigan, where she worked with Stuart Sankey. She also studied with Albert Laszlo at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. From 2000 to 2004 she was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. As a student, Bruya attended the festivals at Verbier, Tanglewood, Aspen, Music Academy of the West and Interlochen.
In her spare time Bruya enjoys practicing Bikram yoga, jogging, hiking, camping and taking her dog on romps in the woods. She lives in south Minneapolis with her husband, Andrew Chappell, who is bass trombonist with the Minnesota Orchestra.