Mark Rush, violinist

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In 2018, I stepped away from university teaching and now live in Albuquerque, NM. I plan to continue performing and teaching privately.

(Image: The Sandia Mountains - Albuquerque's amazing backdrop.)


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Mark Rush, violin
Tannis Gibson, piano

Performer Bio


Mark Rush, violinist

Known as a performer, 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 widespread 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 today's prominent composers. He has worked with  Steve Reich, Nicholas Maw, Joan Tower, Bruce Adolf, 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.   


Teaching in China

I have studied with many of the finest artists and teachers of the 20th century, each influencing me in some important way.     

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

I am available for private lessons, skype lessons, master classes and string clinics. 


(Image: Teaching in China)


Rush book

Playing the Violin: An Illustrated Guide

Drawing on over twenty years of teaching experience, author Mark Rush systematically builds the fundamentals of violin playing from the ground up. Over 200 beautiful photographs demonstrate the concepts discussed and make this book especially accessible to both beginners and advanced  The book focuses on developing a proper set up, addressing all the important issues involved in optimizing one's playing. 




Mark Rush, violin. Tannis Gibson, piano
Music by Ives, Hearn, Bolcom, Malmsteen, Schoenfield

Playing the Edge

"Playing the Edge"

Mark Rush, violin. Norm Weinberg, percussion. Jerry Kirkbride, clarinet.
University of Arizona Percussion Ensemble
Music by Daugherty, Harrison, Walsh, Putts.

Maw Recording

Chamber Music of Nicolas Maw

Monticello Trio (Rush,Gibson, Wexler with Judith Pearce and Paul Coletti)
Piano Trio and Flute Quartet

Stauss recording

Chamber Music of Young Richard Strauss

Monticello Trio (Rush, Gibson, Wexler, with John Graham)
The 2 Piano Trios and 4 Pieces for Piano Quartet

Mont. trio

Ives, Bresnick, Shatin

Monticello Trio
(Rush, Gibson, Wexler)

Neher recording

Music 4 Friends

Chamber works by Patrick Neher. 


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