Brandon Vance is one of the foremost exponents of Scottish fiddling in North America. In 1999, he became the youngest to win the National Open Scottish Fiddling Championship. This achievement, which he repeated in 2001, launched Vance into a decades-long performing, teaching, and composing career that has brought collaboration with some of the finest creative minds in 21st-century music making.
Vance has performed and taught internationally, serving as a guest lecturer at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy, as well as guest artist for the 50th Anniversary of the Armagh Piper’s Club at the William Kennedy Piping Festival.
With a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, one of the continent's most distinguished conservatories, Vance performs with Pacific Music Works, Early Music Vancouver, Northwest Sinfonietta, mandolinist John Reischman, vocalist Nadia Tarnawsky, Alex Fedoriouk, uilleann piper Eliot Grasso, and composer Stephen Rice.
In addition to being a founding member of Celtic Ensemble Dréos and World Music Ensemble Alchymeia, Vance is a composer with a distinctive melodic and harmonic vocabulary, having given the World Premiere of his original composition “Gael Storm” for fiddle and orchestra with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall. Vance has had the honor of serving as Music Director and violin soloist for the world premiere of "Odyssey of These Days," a work composed by Eliot Grasso, and presented at the Hult Center in Eugene, Oregon in conjunction with, and as a musical response to a set of nine paintings by Wesley Hurd that deal with loss, grief, and hope.