John Marcus


Has played with The Knights since: it was just a few people in Colin and Eric’s apartment on 63rd street in Manhattan, reading as much chamber ensemble literature as possible.

Favorite Knights moment: spending the week on Square Lake in Minnesota, enjoying The Stillwater Open.

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 Postgraduate Certificate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His major teachers include Dorothy DeLay and David Takeno.

John has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in 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 the "Burmeister" Guarnerius del Gesu (1742) for this occasion.

John has frequently toured Germany as a recitalist and was invited to premiere the John Corigliano Sonata for the Westdeutsche Rundfunk in Cologne, to record for the "Artists 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 Julliard Ensemble.

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

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