John Marcus Violin

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Symposium 90 - Franck & Chausson

John Marcus is a native New Yorker and graduate of The Juilliard School where he received his Pre-College Division Diploma, his Bachelor of Music and his Master of Music degrees. He also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His major teachers include Dorothy DeLay and David Takeno. 

As a member of the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet, John has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe . He gave his first public performance at the Mozarteum in Salzburg at the age of nine and since appeared with orchestras both in the United States and abroad. At age 15, he performed at Lincoln Center as winner of the Juilliard Violin Competition. In 1993, at the opening Gala of the Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, he appeared as soloist with Pinchas Zukerman and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. The Stradivarius Society of Chicago lent John Marcus the “Burmeister” Guarnerius del Gesu (1742) for this occasion.

John has frequently toured Germany as a recitalist and was invited to premiere the John Corigiliano Sonata for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne , to record for the “Artist to Come” Series of the Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt and solo with the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt.

John has performed regularly in New York City for numerous series including BargeMusic and the “In A Circle”, where he collaborates with artists from Yo-Yo Ma’s “Silk Road Project” and has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group and New Juilliard Ensemble.

He has performed at many festivals including Ravinia, Aspen, Tanglewood, Verbier and Spoletto, Italy. Musicians with whom John Marcus has worked with include Robert McDuffie, Kyoko Takezawa, Ursula Oppens, Peter Oundjian, Peter Winograd and Cho-Liang Lin.