NDSO 2015-16 Season Soloists

Marka Young

Concertmaster and Renee O. Jacobus Chair


Marka Young, an exciting, communicative performer, is an accomplished violinist with a beautiful tone and strong musical line. After her New York solo recital debut at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, The New York Concert Review wrote that Ms. Young played “…with a broad, majestic interpretation and a full-bodied sound.” Ms. Young performs a wide variety of programs and is experienced as solo performer on modern, classical and baroque violin. She has been heard in the United States, Canada and in Belgium, Germany and the U.K.


Ms. Young was an Artist in Residence at Banff and has performed as a soloist for the Bach Aria Festival, Blossom Festival, Connecticut Early Music Festival and the Storm King New Music Festival. Ms. Young is currently the Assistant Concertmaster of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, violinist with the Rebel Baroque Orchestra and The American Classical Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra. She has recently branched out into playing popular music, as the violinist for the folk roots band The Trapps, and as the Concertmaster of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic for Natalie Merchant’s concert at Bethel Woods in July 2013.


As a member of the Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Ms. Young has played for NPR’s “Performance Today” and for a multi-year series of acclaimed performances broadcast on WQXR. The Rebel Baroque Orchestra has recorded numerous works with the Trinity Wall Street Choir, including Handel’s Messiah and all of the Haydn Masses in an 8-CD box set, released September 2009.


Ms. Young holds the DMA and MM of music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her violin teachers were Joyce Robbins, Dorothy Delay and Camilla Wicks and she has performed in master classes for Joseph Gingold, Sergiu Luca and Enrico Gatti.


She currently teaches at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.