Born in the USA to British parents, violinist Cristian Zimmerman is quickly developing a multi-faceted career as an orchestral, chamber, and solo violinist. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was immediately drawn to music due to his father’s work as an orchestral conductor. From 2012 to 2018, Cristian attended the Cleveland Institue of Music under the tutelage of David Updegraff and Jan Sloman, receiving the Jerome M. Gross Award in Violin during his studies. He continued his education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with Alexander Kerr.
As an orchestral musician, Mr. Zimmerman has performed with such ensembles as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Akron Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and the Canton Symphony, where he was appointed as concertmaster in 2017. He has attended prestigious orchestral music festivals including the Verbier Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West. As a chamber musician, he has taken part in both the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Intensive Quartet Seminar and the Music Academy of the West’s String Quartet Seminar, and as a soloist has performed with the Fargo-Moorehead Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra.
In 2022, Cristian joined the 1st violin section of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.