Marc Levine enjoys a career as a chamber musician and orchestral leader specializing in performances on both modern and baroque violin. On baroque violin, Marc performs with his chamber ensemble, Flying Forms, that, in addition to performing standard and contemporary repertoire, also presents larger scale programs including oratorios and operas. In Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he is based, Marc regularly appears as leader or section member with the Bach Society of Minnesota, Oratory | Sacred Bach, Consortium Carissimi, and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. On modern violin, Marc performs chamber music from all eras on various series and with groups including the Lowertown Piano Trio (founding member), Minnesota Bach Ensemble, Minneapolis Music Company, and the MacPhail Spotlight Series. With many of these groups, both recorded and live, Marc has been featured many times as a soloist and ensemble player on Minnesota Public Radio. A noted entrepreneur, Marc co-founded The Baroque Room, a performance space in downtown Saint Paul that hosts over 50 events each year including the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl, an event featuring the entire city's classical music scene and named one of the top ten classical music events of 2015 by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.
Marc has recorded for Early Music New York on the Ex Cathedra label and with Flying Forms on a disc of new music written for the group by composer Nissim Schaul. A prizewinner in the 2008 American Bach Soloists International Competition for Baroque Violin, Marc has played with many noted early music ensembles around the United States and, on both baroque and modern violin, has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kennedy Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, Yale University, and Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis). In addition to work with Flying Forms as a performer of contemporary music, Marc has been a member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, performed and recorded with the Center for Contemporary Opera (New York), Etc. Gallery (Chicago), and regularly collaborates with Saint Paul's own Zeitgeist.
As an educator, Marc speaks, coaches, and presents lecture recitals at universities on baroque performance practice and entrepreneurship. He has also appeared as a pre-concert lecturer for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Fanfare program. With Flying Forms, Marc has worked with students at Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire), Dickinson College, Concordia University, and the University of Minnesota, among others. Also with the group, Marc has held residencies with Minnesota Youth Symphonies and Minnesota Public Radio where he has coached, performed for and with pre-college students. Along with private individual instruction, Marc is on the faculties of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music and MacPhail Center for the Arts.
Marc received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. He has studied with Franco Gulli, Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, the Emerson String Quartet, Sigiswald Kuijken, and Marc Destrubé, among others. Marc plays on a Giovanni Pistucci violin and a Douglas Cox baroque violin.
"Mr. Levine and Mr. Mizrahi both are eloquent as well as techincally superb performers. They did full justice to the fire and complexity of this work - and they went on to give equally fine readings to all the compositions that followed. Once of the great pleasures of the evening was to watch how well they seemed to enter the mind of each composer, understanding and expression each individual mood and style in the widely different pieces." - Southampton Press
"In this concert, Mr. Levine proved himself equally expert in new music, combining technical mastery with emotional perceptiveness and beautiful sound." - Southampton Press
"Violinist Marc Levine drew upon a broad tonal palate, including both edgy and smooth sounds, with excellent intonation as well." - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"PNME's new musicians this season were all superb, from the incisive playing of Marc Levine . . ." - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"...vividly rendered instrumental interludes..." - The New York Times
"Levine's playing was superb - crisp and energetic in fast passages, lovely and singing in adagios, a pleasure to hear in ensemble as well as in solos." - Southampton Press
"The rhythmically on-point playing of first violinist Marc Levine kept the ensemble honest . . ." - Minneapolis StarTribune
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Tuesday, August 15, 7:30 P.M. | Twin Cities Early Music Festival concert
Friday, September 15, 12:00 P.M. | Lunchtime Concert Series: Lyra Family Concert | Spanish Baroque
Saturday, December 2, 7:30 P.M. and Sunday, December 3, 3:00 P.M. | A Baroque Christmas
Saturday, January 27, 7:30 P.M. Sunday, January 28, 3:00 P.M. | Friends come in Threes: Bach, Telemann, and Frederick the Great
Friday, March 16, 12:00 P.M. | Lunchtime Concert Series: Telemann in Paris
Saturday, March 17, 7:30 P.M. and Sunday, March 18, 3:00 P.M. | Telemann in Paris
Also many performances the program Spanish Baroque at Minnesota schools state-wide as part of a Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes residency.
Lyra Baroque Orchestra
August 18-20 | Redemption: Bach & Vivaldi
October 5-7 | Telemann & Friends
February 16-17 | Spanish Nights
April 6-8 | Music for a King
Friday, September 22, 12:00 P.M. and Sunday, October 15, 2:00 P.M. | performances of Lou Harrison’s Varied Trio
Recital with Gloria Shih, piano
Saturday, May 26, 7:30 P.M. | Dance! Rags, Songs, and Tangos
MacPhail Spotlight Series
Saturday, March 10, 8:00 P.M. | Four Seasons: Vivaldi and Piazzolla
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, April 22, 2:00 P.M. | Beethoven Triple Concerto
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Fanfare presentations
Friday, September 22, 7:00 P.M. and Saturday, September 23, 7:00 P.M.
Friday, September 29, 7:00 P.M. and Saturday, September 30, 7:00 P.M.
Friday, January 5, 7:00 P.M. and Saturday, January 6, 7:00 P.M.
Friday, January 12, 7:00 P.M.
Friday, January 19, 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. and Saturday, January 20, 7:00 P.M.
Friday, February 2, 10:00 A.M.
Saturday, August 19 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 22, 1:30 P.M., Thursday, August 24, 7:30 P.M. and Friday, September 8, 7:00 P.M. | Drama Kings of the Baroque with Andrea Leap, soprano
Saturday, June 2, 4:00 P.M. and Sunday, June 3, 4:00 P.M. | Bach Tage programs at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis