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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Lamont School of Music

Newman Center for the Performing Arts


Mark Rush

Mark Rush

Assistant Professor, Violin

Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 321
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Mark Rush enjoys a diverse musical career encompassing many interests. He has performed extensively on the concert stage and for radio and television in the United States, China, Canada and Europe. He plays a far-flung repertoire that ranges from J.S. Bach to Michael Daughtery.

Rush counts among his musical mentors many of the finest artists and teachers of the 20th century. He has studied with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, Itzhak Perlman, Szymon Goldberg, Nathan Milstein and Arthur Grumiaux. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Music (MM) and the University of Colorado (BM).

As a chamber musician, he has been a member of several successful chamber ensembles including the Rush-Gibson Duo, the Monticello Trio, the Lorenzo Trio and Coyote Concert. He has worked closely with many composers and performers premiering and performing numerous new works and has also participated in many summer festivals including the Bath International Music Festival, the Banff Festival for the Arts, the Killington Music Festival, Weekend of Chamber Music Festival, Bang on a Can Music Festival, Sunflower Music Festival and the Sedona Chamber Music Festival. Concerto appearances include engagements with the Shanghai Radio Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Chamber Orchestra, and the Mesa Symphony Orchestra. He has toured China twice where he both performed and taught master classes in cities throughout the country. He has recorded for ASV, CRI and Albany Records and was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 1994. His most recent recording Playing the Edge features music for violin and percussion instruments.

Rush is a sought after violin teacher and has taught at both the University of Arizona and the University of Virginia. Most recently, he joined the music faculty at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. Rush is also an author and his recent book, Playing the Violin: An Illustrated Guide, enjoys brisk sales and critical acclaim.

In addition to musical endeavors, Rush pursues a long time interest in yoga and the Taoist arts which informs both his teaching and playing. He is also an avid hiker and backpacker.

Rush plays the "ex-Zimbalist" Lorenzo Guadagnini from the year 1743.  Mark's Website