Mark Rush,violinist

Performer Bio:

Known as a perfomer, teacher and author, Mark Rush enjoys a diverse musical career encompassing many interests. He has performed extensively on the concert stage and for radio and television in the United States, China, Canada and Europe. He plays a far-flung repertoire that includes many historical periods and musical genres.

Rush counts among his musical mentors many of the finest artists and teachers of the 20th century; he has studied with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, Itzhak Perlman, Szymon Goldberg, Nathan Milstein and Arthur Grumiaux and is a graduate of the Yale School of Music (MM) and the University of Colorado (BM).

Performance venues include Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie), the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, Corcoran Gallery, National Gallery of Art and the Gardner Museum in Boston.
He has also performed at the Bath International Music Festival, the Banff Festival for the Arts, the Killington Music Festival, Weekend of Chamber Music Festival, Bang on a Can Music Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, and the Sedona Chamber Music Festival. Concerto appearances include engagements with the Shanghai Radio Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Sierra Vista Symphony, Tucson Chamber Orchestra, and the Mesa Symphony Orchestra. He has toured China several times as a performer and teacher in cities throughout the country.

Rush has recorded for ASV, CRI, Albany, and Equilibrium Records and was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 1994. His recording, Playing the Edge (2010), which features music for violin and percussion instruments, received wide-spread critical acclaim. May of 2015 marked the release of Barnstorming, a raucous collaboration with long-time duo partner Tannis Gibson.

As a dedicated performer of new music, Rush's past projects include commissions and premieres of works by many of todays’ prominant composers. He has worked with  Steve Reich, Nicholas Maw, Joan Tower, Barbara Kolb, Martin Bresnick, Patrick Neher, David Lang, Craig Walsh, and Dan Asia among others.

Rush has been a professor at the University of Denver, the University of Arizona and the University of Virginia. He is also an author and his book, Playing the Violin: An Illustrated Guide, is widely recognized as a valuable text for violin teachers and students alike.

In addition to musical endeavors, Rush pursues a long time interest in yoga and the Taoist arts, which informs both his teaching and playing. He is an avid hiker and backpacker.