Marka Young is a dynamic performer noted for her warm, rich tone and evocative lyrical line. The New York Concert Review has written that Ms. Young plays “…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.
With deep foundations in the performance complexities of both modern and period instrument disciplines, Ms. Young has performed as a member of the American Classical Orchestra and the Rebel Baroque Orchestra, playing live for NPR’s “Performance Today” and for a multi-year series of acclaimed performances broadcast on WQXR. She has performed as a soloist throughout the U.S. including Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Bach Aria Festival, Blossom Festival, Connecticut Early Music Festival the Storm King New Music Festival and as an Artist in Residence at Banff.
Ms. Young is a member of the Hudson Valley String Quartet and currently serves as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. She is also the Concertmaster of the Northern Duchess Symphony Orchestra, where she has been a featured soloist.
A student of many different violin disciplines, she has studied modern violin performance with Dorothy Delay, Camilla Wicks and Joyce Robbins – while delving deeply into the baroque and classical intricacies with specialists Enrico Gatti, Jorge-Michael-Swartz and Nancy Wilson.
Marka Young teaches at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.