The violinist John Marcus is a native New Yorker and graduate of the Juilliard School, where he received his Pre-College Division Diploma, his Bachelor of Music and his Master of Music degrees. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His major teachers include Dorothy DeLay and David Takeno. He has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Europe, giving his first public performance at the Mozarteum in Salzburg at the age of nine, and has since appeared with orchestras both in the United States and abroad. At the age of fifteen he performed at Lincoln Center as winner of the Juilliard Violin Competition. In 1993, at the opening Gala of the Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, he appeared as soloist with Pinchas Zukerman and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. The Stradivarius Society of Chicago lent John the "Burmeister" Guarnerius del Gesu (l742) for this occasion. John Marcus has frequently toured Germany as a recitalist and has performed regularly in New York City. He has performed at many festivals, including Ravinia, Aspen, Tanglewood, Verbier, and Spoleto in Italy. Musicians with whom he has worked include Robert McDuffie, Kyoko Takezawa, Ursula Oppens, Peter Oundjian, Peter Winograd and Cho-Liang Lin.