Abellio Strings was founded by classically-trained musicians, Kimberly Harrenstein and Brian Jankanish. The two friends have played together for over 20 years and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after earning music degrees in London.
Whilst in London, they played for many weddings, corporate banquets, hotel openings/events, and concerts for patients in hospital. These event venues include The Ritz London, Millbank Tower, Syon Park, Hilton London Metropole, Grosvenor House Hotel, Guy's & St. Thomas' Hospital, and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.
They enjoy performing varied repertoire from Baroque to Pop and everything in between! If you don't see what you're looking for, they are also happy to locate or arrange your desired piece(s) for you! Book us today to discuss the planning of your special event!
Kimberly Harrenstein, a violinist and violist from the Seattle area, received both her Bachelor of Music with Honours (BMusHons), and her Licentiate of The Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2011.
Since then, she has played with orchestras such as Southbank Sinfonia (where she toured to Anghiari, Italy), Orpheus Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (where she toured to Changsha, China; Dalian, China; and Moscow, Russia), BBC Philharmonic (where she held a trial for Assistant Principal Viola), and BBC Concert Orchestra.
She performed as part of a quartet alongside actor Alex Jennings in the West End production of, "Hymn" by Alan Bennett, and has played with many other artists such as Dionne Warwick, Boy George, ABC, Sir Cliff Richard, Tony Hadley, Katie Melua, Joe McElderly, Alexandra Burke, Chipmunk, Caro Emerald, Rumer, Mica Paris, Rainer Hersch, and Hyung-Ki Joo.
After 7 years in the UK, Kimberly has recently returned to the Seattle area where she is Principal 2nd Violin in the Olympia Symphony, a member of the Federal Way Symphony, and a substitute for Yakima Symphony and Seattle Symphony.
In her free time, Kimberly enjoys scavenging for antiques, swimming, and walks with her dog, Rupert.
Brian Jankanish is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, receiving a Bachelor of Music with Honours under the tutelage of Susie Mészáros. While at the RCM, Brian utilized many opportunities to build and highly develop his individual and orchestral skills, playing with conductors such as Vladmir Ashkenazy, John Wilson, Bernard Haitink and Lorin Maazel. Brian also spent large portion of his time immursed in chamber groups and worked closely with members of the Chilingirian Quartet, as well as Simon Rowland Jones with the Auer Quartet, who received an Honourable Mention in the Chilingirian's annual quartet competition.
Outside of the Royal College of Music, Brian has had the opportunity to lead and be a member of viola sections for numerous summer festivals such as The Aspen Music Festival and School, Marrowstone Music Festival, and Philadelphia Strings International Music Festival, working closely with and learning a great deal from principal members of the Philadelphia Orchestra (primarily Kimberly Fisher), the Chicago Symphony (Dale Clevenger, at Marrowstone Music Festival) and of course his hometown Seattle Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Brian has toured abroad with orchestras to Japan, Spain, France, and Italy. In the Winter of 2011, he had the pleasure of touring China with the Camerata Philadelphia as part of a Cultural Ambassador tour throughout the country.
In addition to the chamber and orchestral experience, Brian has had the chance to play in master classes for such great musicians as Paul Silverthorne, Helen Callus, Mischa Amory and Kimberley Fisher.
Brian is currently a member of the Sammamish Symphony and Olympia Symphony.