Marina Marsden

Marina Marsden

Marina Marsden [violin] has been the Sydney Symphony’s Principal Second Violin since 2006 and for eleven years prior to this appointment was the orchestra’s Assistant Concertmaster. Marina is an active soloist and chamber musician. She performed in the 2008 Kowmung Festival in Oberon and in the 2009 Bowral Autumn Festival with members of the Australia Ensemble. She is a founding member of the Linden String Trio with violist Justine Marsden and cellist Timothy Nankervis. Engagements have included ABC Classic FM Sunday Live Series and Sydney Mozart Society. Marina has recorded for Tall Poppies, Move Records and ABC Classics labels, including two complete CDs for Tall Poppies: Marina Marsden - Violin Recital> and Margaret Sutherland -The Chamber Music with Strings for which she received a 1999 Australian Music Centre National Award. She is editor of the 2000 edition of Margaret Sutherland’s Violin Sonata for Currency Press. Marina studied violin at the Sydney Conservatorium with Alice Waten and from 1984, assisted by several scholarships, including an Australia Council Grant, a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee award and Austrian Government stipends, studied for a Performer’s Diploma in Vienna with Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet). While in Europe she also had lessons from Josef Suk, Sandor Vegh, Valery Klimov and Valery Gradov. In 1990 Marina became a Concertmaster of the Bruckner Orchestra in Austria, and Melbourne Symphony’s Associate Concertmaster from 1992 until 1994. As soloist, she has performed with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Canberra Symphony and the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra. In 1997, Marina travelled to Austria and the USA on a Churchill Fellowship and in 1998 she toured Vietnam for Musica Viva as a member of Ku-ring-gai Virtuosi. She was also a founding member of Grevillea Ensemble.