Mark Rush, violinist

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Teacher Bio:

I have studied with many of the finest artists and teachers of the 20th century, each influencing me in some important way. Here is a complete list:

Bebe Rush (my mom) – She somehow managed to get me to practice when I wanted to be outside playing with my friends.
Leonard Felberg – My teacher throughout  high school. He established my fundamentals, instilled a love for the instrument and a respect for the great tradition.
Ivan Galamian – At Meadowmount. I mostly remember how much he scared me.
David Cerone – Also at Meadowmount.
Dorothy DeLay – Two summers at Aspen Music Festival. She gave me great lessons and on time!
Itzhak Perlman – I loved him but he wasn’t the right teacher for me.
Oswald Lehnert – At the University of Colorado where I completed my BM degree. His motto, NO FEAR!
Nathan Milstein – At his master class in Zurich. Truly the MASTER…
Szymon Goldberg – At Yale School of Music. A great violinist and superb musical intellect.
Arthur Grumiaux – In Brussels as a Fulbright Scholar. His influence continues to inspire me on a daily basis.

I coached chamber music with:

Tokyo String Quartet
Raphael Hillyer
Menahem Pressler

My own teaching blends ideas and methods gleaned from my teachers as well as from the hard knocks of experience. I have served on the faculties of the University of Virginia, the University of Arizona and am currently teaching at the Univeristy of Denver Lamont School of Music. In years past, I also taught several summers at the Killington Music Festival. Many of my students are now succesful professional musicians in many diverse careers (see below).

In addition to teaching at the Lamont School, I am available for private lessons, skype lessons, master classes and string clinics. Click on the appropriate links above for more info!

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Selected student success:

Carolyn Stuart - Associate professor, University of South Florida
Monica Germino - Amsterdam-based concert violinist
Tim Summers - Violin faculty, Universitat der Kunste, Berlin. Co-director Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival
Lisa Burrell - Violin faculty, Lone Star College, Houston
Jamie Desautels - Songwriter, composer, producer, conductor, Austin-based
Melanie Olsen - 1st violinist, Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Beth Schneider - Canadian-based concert violinist. Member of Duo 46
Jose Flores - Assistant professor, Texas A&M Corpus Christy
Alex Woods - Assistant professor, Brigham Young University
Frank Restesan - Associate professor,Northern Kentucky University, violinist, violist, international conductor
Ariel Parkington - Member of The Parkington Sisters, violin instructor at Deerfield Academy
Holly Schurr - 2nd violinist, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, public school music teacher, private studio
Ben Nesbit - Co-director, Artifact Dance Project, 1st violinist, Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Ellen Chamberlain - 1st violinist, Tucson Symphony Orchestra