Mark Fewer, Artistic Director
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 around the world in halls such as Carnegie, Wigmore and Salle Pleyel, and is equally 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 the symphonies of Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Quebec, San Francisco and Melbourne.
Mark’s discography includes collections of works by such varied musical voices as the Baroque gypsy Giovanni Pandolfi and the American “Bad Boy of Music” George Antheil. His recording with jazz great Phil Dwyer, Changing Seasons, a work written expressly for Mark showcasing his unique talents in both classical and jazz idioms, won the 2012 Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and was an iTunes bestseller.
His latest recording of the Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord Obbligato by J. S. Bach was released on the new LEAF MUSIC label. He has also completed an online record release of his own music, written to be performed alongside American street poet Idris Goodwin’s “The Body In Crisis”.
He has already or will premiere new violin works by composers Bramwell Tovey, David Braid, Drew Jurecka, Matthias Maute, Richard Mascall, John Novacek, Alissa Cheung and others.
As a collaborator Mark has been violinist with the Duke Piano Trio for more than 20 years, a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players for 13 and was, until recently, violinist with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. In 2016 he was a featured soloist with Stevie Wonder and his band during the Songs in the Key of Life tour.
Mark has also been a dedicated teacher for 20 years, having been on the faculties of the Glenn Gould School, the University of Toronto, McGill University, and was Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University. More recently he taught at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University and today is part of the music faculty at the University of Toronto.
As most of you know, Mark is the founding Artistic Director of the SweetWater Music Festival, which marked its 15th season in 2018. He will also take on the role of Artistic Director of Stratford Summer Music in 2019.