Marka Gustavsson, viola, has performed across Europe, Canada, and the U.S., as well as Japan and Israel. She has been a frequent guest artist of chamber music festivals including Bard, Mostly Mozart, Skaneateles, Portland, Bennington, Vancouver Music in the Morning, and Newport. She has appeared as a guest of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, on WQXR’s Showcase Concerts, with the Yale Faculty Artists’ Series, at Banff, and in Wall-to-wall festivals at Symphony Space. Performing and recording contemporary solo and chamber repertoire, Marka has worked with composers John Halle, Joan Tower, Kyle Gann, George Tsontakis, Yinam Leef, Katherine Hoover, Martin Bresnick, Richard Wernick, Tania Leon, and Tan Dun. Highlights of recent seasons include premiering a viola concerto by Harold Farberman, teaching in the YAP program at Yellow Barn, completing a Beethoven Quartet cycle at Virginia Tech, and collaborating with Tamar Muskal and Lucy Shelton on Music of Our Time at Symphony Space in New York City. In 1999, Marka joined the Colorado Quartet, with whom she played numerous concerts that included complete cycles of Bartok, Schubert and Beethoven. The Colorado Quartet recorded both traditional and contemporary repertoire, from Beethoven’s Complete Quartets on Parnassus Records, to Laura Kaminsky’s Transformations. Marka holds a teaching position at Bard College and Conservatory, where she oversees the chamber music program and performs as a member of the Bardian Ensemble; with the Colorado Quartet she served fourteen seasons as faculty and co-artistic director at Soundfest Chamber Music Festival and Quartet Institute.
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