Marcus Wilhem Scholtes
recently graduated with a Doctor of Music degree in Violin Performance at Indiana University where he studied with renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig.
Marcus is multi-talented, excelling in both the violin and the piano, He is a dynamic performer taking on difficult solo pieces in both instruments. For example, the solo works of Bach, Ysaye, and Paganini on the violin, followed by those of Chopin and Liszt on the piano. This achievement is best expressed in his concert series entitled, "The Unaccompanied Marcus".. (Please visit the Media tab for video clips on his website.)
Marcus maintains a strong presence in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. He is a regular performer at the KW Chamber Music Society concerts, and participates frequently at Wilfrid Laurier University's noon-hour concert series, St. Andrew's noon-hour series, as well as performing regular solo recitals. He performs with many orchestras in Southern Ontario and is also a dedicated pedagogue, guiding his students to high accomplishments in RCM Examinations, Kiwanis Music Festivals and various youth orchestras. He has lead orchestra sectionals at WLU, and is becoming increasingly sought after for adjudicating.
Marcus has performed internationally at music festivals in Canada, the USA, and Europe. Most recently he was a grant recipient of a Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation Award and was invited to attend the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Suffolk, England. He performed with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra in 2012, touring in Germany and Holland before playing at the BBC Proms as part of the 2012 London Olympiad. He has participated in the Aldeburgh String Residency Programme in 2010 and 2012, and was again invited to join the Residency as part of the Britten Centenary concerts in 2013.
Summer 2012 marked four years of his involvement with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, where he has served as Concertmaster and Principal 2nd Violin.
Marcus has also attended the Killington Music Festival in Vermont as an Artist Apprentice in 2007, and in the previous year, he participated in the AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. In his youth, Marcus attended the Domaine Forget Music Academy in Quebec, Canada, several times, and also performed during the Wilfrid Laurier University Quartetfest in his hometown.
His North American orchestral experiences include the role of Concertmaster for Opera Kitchener, currently a regular substitute with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and during his time in Montreal, was a substitute with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
He received a Full Tuition Scholarship for his Master's degree at the University of Michigan. His doctoral dissertation, "The Historical Impact of William Walton's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra" has been published by Lambert Academic Publishing and is available in print worldwide and on amazon.com.
Dr. Scholtes has recently started composing, and beyond his musical interests, he enjoys studying philosophy, creative writing, and enjoys outdoor activities including running, cycling and fishing.
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