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Mark Fewer

Mark Fewer (Violin) and Andrew Burashko (Piano)
'Sonate for Violin and Piano Mvt. 1' - Bohuslav Martinu

Présentation du nouvel album/New Album Teaser.
Mark Fewer, violon/violin; Hank Knox, clavecin/harsichord. Six sonates pour violon et clavecin obbligato. Six Sonatas for violin and harsichord obbligato.

Mark Fewer – Violin
(short bio)

Known for his exceptional versatility, violinist Mark Fewer has been described as “genre-bending” (National Post), “intrepid” (Globe and Mail), “profound” (The WholeNote) and “freaky good” (The Gazette). His performance career has seen him tour worldwide in famous halls such as Wigmore, Carnegie, and Salle Pleyel, to smaller venues such as Le Poisson Rouge (NYC), Bartok House (Budapest) and The Forum (Taipei). He is a regular member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players (DC), where he performs on their priceless collection of decorated Stradivaris, and with whom he has made several critically acclaimed recordings.

Mr. Fewer was appointed William Dawson Scholar at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in September 2015, prior to which he was Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University, where he performed regularly as a member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. He is a Juno and Prix Opus winner, a popular host of CBC’s This is My Music, and is the subject of an episode of People Uncut on the Biography Channel.
May 2017

Mark Fewer – Violin
(long bio)

Mark Fewer - long bio

Violinist Mark Fewer leads a multi-disciplined life in music. Violin soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, artistic director, conductor, arranger, teacher, jazz violinist, recording artist and occasional radio host, he has performed worldwide to great critical acclaim. Described as “intrepid” (The Globe and Mail), “genre-bending” (National Post), “profound” (WholeNote), and “freaky good” (The Gazette), he is at home in recital venues such as Bartok House (Budapest) to Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) to the Forum (Taipei). As a soloist, he has performed with symphonies of Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Quebec, San Francisco and Melbourne, as well as groups such as the Fodens-Richardson Brass Band (UK), the Zapp Quartet (Amsterdam), and the McGill Percussion Ensemble. As a conductor he has directed I Music de Montreal, l’’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, the Newfoundland Sinfonia, the Vancouver Symphony, the McGill Baroque Orchestra and the choir Capella Antica.

Mr. Fewer’s discography includes collections of works by such varied musical voices as baroque gypsy Giovanni Pandolfi (released on the Smithsonian’s prestigious Friends of Music label, it has been a best-seller at the museum since 2009), the American “Bad Bad of Music” George Antheil (with pianist John Novacek, it is regularly used as soundtrack material for the cult American hit tv series “American Horror Theater - Freak Show”), jazz great Phil Dwyer (“Changing Seasons”, a work written expressly for Mr. Fewer showcasing his unique talents in both classical and jazz idioms, it won the 2012 Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and was an iTunes bestseller), and Bramwell Tovey (“Nine Dates Wander”, winner of two UK Brass Band Record of the Year awards, the piece has Mr. Fewer reciting famous lines of Shakespeare while re-enacting the publicity stunt of comedic actor William Kemp in 1600). Other recordings include the Piano and Violin Sonatas of Johannes Brahms (with pianist Peter Longworth), and the “Jazz” Sonata of Bohuslav Martinu (with Art of Time director Andrew Burashko, piano). New recordings using the Smithsonian’s priceless collection of Stradivari instruments include the Mozart Piano Quartets, Schubert’s Trout Quintet and a collection of Mahler works for small chamber ensemble.

Over the next year, Mr. Fewer will premiere new works by composers David Braid, Drew Jurecka, Matthias Maute, Richard Mascall and others.

As a collaborator, Mr. Fewer has been violinist with the Duke Piano Trio for more than 20 years, a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players for 14 years, and was until recently, violinist with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. He has shared the classical stage with performers such as Edgar Meyer, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Leon Fleisher, Elizabeth Wallfisch, James Campbell, Anssi Kartuunen and others, and the jazz stage with Dave Young, Phil Dwyer, Gene DiNovi and Pekka Kuusisto.

He has been a dedicated teacher for more than 20 years, having been on the faculties of the Glenn Gould School, the University of Toronto, McGill University, and most recently, Stanford University as Artist-in-Residence. He has taught during the summers at the Domaine Forget for 18 years, as well as having taught at the Banff Centre, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, NYO Canada, the Vancouver Academy, the Dresden Hochschule, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the University of British Columbia, the University of California Santa Barbara, Arizona State University and others. His students have distinguished themselves by winning positions in major ensembles and orchestras in North America and Europe, including the Handel and Haydn Society (concertmaster), the Montreal Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Danish Philharmonic and others. He began a new appointment as William Dawson Scholar at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in 2015 where he teaches violin, baroque violin, chamber music and string improvisation.

Mr. Fewer is the founding Artistic Director of the SweetWater Music Festival, now in its 14th year.

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