Mark Menzies

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About Mark Menzies

A virtuoso violinist, violist, pianist, conductor, and composer, Mark Menzies enjoys an active international career in several capacities as a performer, facilitator, and educator. Averse to being called a specialist, Menzies has embraced many periods and styles of music, from medieval to contemporary works, including various crossover projects. Menzies made his debut in 1988 at the International Festival of the Arts in Wellington, New Zealand, performing Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor on television with Maxim Shostakovich conducting the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. His appearances have taken him from New Zealand to the United Kingdom and the United States, with performances of Berg's Violin Concerto, Brahms' Double Concerto, and Vivaldi's Four Seasons as major vehicles. He has also been a frequent guest at music festivals, including the Lutoslawski Festival in London, the Ojai Festival in California, and the Dartington Festival in the United Kingdom. Since the late 1990s, Menzies has played less of the standard repertoire, devoting his energies instead to performing chamber music with the Formalist Quartet as violinist and violist, and playing challenging contemporary works by Rand Steiger, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finissy, Sofia Gubaidulina, Sylvano Bussotti, Helmut Lachenmann, Peter Maxwell Davies, Elliott Carter, and Roger Reynolds, among others. From 1999 to 2016, Menzies was professor of violin and viola, and the coordinator of conducting studies and ensembles at the California Institute of the Arts. He became a professor of music at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand in 2016. Honored as an associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2014, Menzies divides his time between New Zealand and the United States. ~ Blair Sanderson

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