Mark Messenger

Subject of Study: Violin

About Mark Messenger

Mark Messenger is recognised globally as a violinist, conductor, teacher, and educationalist.
Students travel from across the world to study with Mark Messenger, and currently his class includes musicians from the UK, Japan, the USA, Russia, China, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Australia and Azerbaijan. His students have an enviable track record of competition success and international acclaim.
As an educationalist, Mark Messenger has also been responsible for the initiation and delivery of outreach programmes for many orchestras and organisations including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra and Colchester Borough Council.
This year sees concert and masterclass appearances in the Middle East, China, Australia, Russia and throughout Europe. He is currently Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music in London, and consultant for the Norwegian Academy in Oslo.

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Mark Messenger is recognised globally as a violinist, conductor, teacher, and educationalist.

As a soloist, conductor and chamber musician (member of the Bochmann and Bingham Quartets since 1984), has worked internationally with – amongst others – Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Ivy Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Bernard Greenhouse, Natalie Clein, Raphael Wallfisch, Thomas Carroll, Yonty Solomon, Howard Shelley, John Lill, Dame Thea King, Michael Collins, David Campbell, Chris Garrick and Sir John Dankworth.

Since 2002, he has been much in demand as a teacher, international judge, external examiner, to give masterclasses and as a lecturer. In 2004 he was appointed artistic director of the London String Quartet Week, was invited back for 2005, 2006 and 2009 and was on the board of the London String Quartet Foundation. He has also undertaken work for Oxford University Press, New Holland Publishing and the Associated Board, for whom he has just finished editing the complete works for violin and piano by Elgar.

Students travel from across the world to study with Mark Messenger, and currently his class includes musicians from the UK, Japan, the USA, Russia, China, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Australia and Azerbaijan. His students have an enviable track record of competition success and international acclaim.

As an educationalist, Mark Messenger has also been responsible for the initiation and delivery of outreach programmes for many orchestras and organisations including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra and Colchester Borough Council. For four years, he was Director of Chamber Music at the Aberystwyth International Summer Music Festival, and now is regularly invited to deliver chamber music courses at the Britten-Pears school in Aldeburgh. In 2000 he was invited to become Artistic Director and conductor of the Essex Young People’s Orchestra, a position he currently holds.

This year sees concert and masterclass appearances in the Middle East, China, Australia, Russia and throughout Europe. He is currently Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music in London, and consultant for the Norwegian Academy in Oslo.

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