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Biography
        Marcus Rose is an aspiring violist born in Inglewood, CA, yet raised in Shreveport, LA. Marcus showed early musical interest at the age of four when embarking upon the piano, and at age ten began playing viola. He began studying with Borys Smolaga, Principal Violist of Shreveport Symphony, at the age of thirteen. Since the peak of his relationship with viola, Marcus has enjoyed enriching opportunities in the classical music world.

        He has secured principal viola positions of such orchestra as the Caddo Magnet High Chamber Orchestra, South Central Regional Music Conference Chamber Orchestra, Sewanee Symphony, Transylvania Symphony Orchestra at Brevard Music Center and Louisiana All-State Orchestra. Other major orchestra appearances include the ASTA National Honor Orchestra in Santa Clara, CA, Marshall Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Music Festival Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony, and Texarkana Symphony. Marcus made his concerto debut at the age of fifteen with the Marshall Symphony. He went on to win top prizes at the First Annual Texarkana Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Red River Radio Young Artist Competition, Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition, as well as being a featured soloist at the Caddo Magnet High Concerto Concert. As a result of the competition rankings, he debuted at the age of sixteen with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra.  He has studied with Maggie Snyder, Hillary Herndon, Basil Vendryes, Allyson Dawkins, Patricia McCarty, and Csaba Erdelyi at various music camps including Brevard Music Center, Orford Arts Center, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Castleman Quartet Program.  He experienced working under the batons of Keith Lockhart Ken Lam, Emmanuel Villaume, Robert Spano, Sidney Harth, Leonard Kacenjar, and Alan Gilbert.  He has performed at the home of New York Philharmonic, Avery Fischer Hall, and Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra.  He has studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Manhattan String Quartet, Attaca String Quartet, and Quartet Program faculty members. He has performed in masterclasses for the Manhattan String Quartet, Daniel Sweaney, Susan Debois, and Joseph Silverstein. In November 2010 Marcus collaborated with Christopher O’Reilly on a taping of NPR’s From the Top, with whom he was declared a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient. In December 2013, Marcus was declared the Second Prize winner at the George Gershwin International Music Competition in Brooklyn, NY.

Marcus is a full tuition scholarship student of Heidi Castleman and Steven Tenenbom at The Juilliard School pursuing an undergraduate degree in Viola Performance.  He was generously loaned a contemporary viola by the Canadian maker Raymond Scrhyer from the Virtu Foundation. 
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