Marc Levine



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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Concerts, 2018-19

Flying Forms
Sunday, August 5 at 7:30 P.M. | Twin Cities Early Music Festival concert
Friday, November 16 at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 P.M., and Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 P.M. | Voice of the Baroque with Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano
Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 P.M. and Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 P.M. | A Baroque Christmas
Friday, February 15 at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 P.M., and Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 P.M. | Baroque Bassoon: Then and Now with Joseph Jones, dulcian and baroque bassoon
Friday, March 22 at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 P.M., and Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 P.M. | The Sweet Violin with Kayo Saito, baroque violin

Lyra Baroque Orchestra
August 10–11 | A Sumptuous Keyboard Feast
October 12–14 | Vivaldi’s Seven Seasons
December 7–9 | Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
February 1–2 | Music for Baroque Spas
April 26–28 | German Giants

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Fanfare presentations
Friday, January 18 at 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. | Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto
Friday, January 25 at 7:00 P.M. | Haydn’s Morning, Noon and Evening Symphonies with Jonathan Cohen
Friday, March 29 at 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. and Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 P.M. | Bach’s Double Violin Concerto

MacPhail Spotlight Series
Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 P.M. | Performance of J. S. Bach's Sonata in A Major for Violin and Obligato Harpsichord, BWV 1015
Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 P.M. | Performance of Fanny Mendelssohn's Trio in D Minor, Op. 11

National Lutheran Choir
Friday, November 2 at 7:30 P.M. and Sunday, November 4 at 4:00 P.M. | All Saints: Dark Night of the Soul
February 28 - March 3 | Tour 2019 - Holy Spirit Mass

Consortium Carissimi
Saturday, January 5 at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 6 at 3:00pm | Epiphany Concerts 2019

Lyra Lecture Recital
Friday, March 15 at 12:00 P.M. | The Transforming Trio Sonata

Bach Society of Minnesota
March 15-17 | Bach's Passion

Oratory Bach Ensemble
April 5-7 | Bach's St. John Passion - A Ballet

Recital with Gloria Shih, piano
Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 P.M. | Inspired by Jazz: Ravel, Gershwin, and Piazzolla