Brian Franklin, US born, grew up in Toronto, Canada where he first started playing the viola da gamba, and came to Basel, Switzerland in 1977 to study with Jordi Savall at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He completed his studies there in 1982 and since 1983 has been teaching in Zurich at the Universtiy of the Arts and the municipal music school and conservatory.
Over the years he has performed internationally with a variety of ensembles, with emphasis in recent years on Renaissance music with “Canti B“ and “Ensemble Daedalus“ and the vast repertoire of music of the 16th and 17th centuries for viol consort with “Concerto di Viole“, “Cellini Consort“ and “Marais Consort“. Various CDs document the work of these goups.
For over 20 years he performed regularly in Zurich and Basel in concerts contrasting early music with contemporary music for early instruments with “Ensemble Aspecte“ (recorder, viol and harpsichord/organ), including numerous first performances of works commissioned by the ensemble.