Canadian violinist Marcus Willem Scholtes recently graduated with a Doctor of Music degree in Violin Performance at Indiana University where he studied with renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig. During his years there, he was an Associate Instructor of Violin and completed academic minors in Music Education and Conducting. Studying with Yehonatan Berick, he holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an Honours Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University, Montreal, where he studied with Richard Roberts. Dr. Scholtes currently teaches at the Wilfrid Laurier University String Academy and has also been professor of String Pedagogy.
Excelling on both the violin and the piano, Marcus provides a dynamic performance which combines the difficult solo repertoire of both instruments on one concert recital, for example the solo works of Bach, Ysaÿe, and Paganini on the violin, followed by those of Chopin and Liszt on the piano. The culmination of this achievement is expressed on his own inimitable, “The Unaccompanied Marcus” concert series. (Please visit the Media tab for video clips.)
Marcus maintains a strong presence in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. He is a regular performer at the KW Chamber Music Society concerts, and participates frequently at Wilfrid Laurier University’s noon-hour concert series, St. Andrew’s noon-hour series, as well as performing regular solo recitals. He performs with many orchestras in Southern Ontario and is also a dedicated pedagogue, guiding his students to high accomplishments in RCM Examinations, Kiwanis Music Festivals and various youth orchestras. He has lead orchestra sectionals at WLU, and is becoming increasingly sought after for adjudicating.
Marcus has performed internationally at music festivals in Canada, the USA, and Europe. Most recently he was a grant recipient of a Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation Award and was invited to attend the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Suffolk, England. He performed with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra in 2012, touring in Germany and Holland before playing at the BBC Proms as part of the 2012 London Olympiad. He has participated in the Aldeburgh String Residency Programme in 2010 and 2012, and was again invited to join the Residency as part of the Britten Centenary concerts in 2013.
Summer 2012 marked four years of his involvement with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, where he has served as Concertmaster and Principal 2nd Violin. In 2009 the festival orchestra performed in German cities including Berlin, Hannover, Dresden, and Flensburg, as well as in Sønderberg, Denmark; in the summer of 2010, the orchestra toured in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. He participated in the special tour project to Spain and Turkey in 2011, and as an alumnus was invited to participate in Lang Lang’s birthday project in 2012, performing at the O2 Stadium in Berlin.
Marcus has also attended the Killington Music Festival in Vermont as an Artist Apprentice in 2007, and in the previous year, he participated in the AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. In his youth, Marcus attended the Domaine Forget Music Academy in Quebec, Canada, several times, and also performed during the Wilfrid Laurier University Quartetfest in his hometown.
His North American orchestral experiences include the role of Concertmaster for Opera Kitchener, currently a regular substitute with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and during his time in Montreal, was a substitute with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with the Battle Creek Symphony and Jackson Symphony, both in Michigan, and was Principal 2nd Violin of the University of Michigan’s Symphony Orchestra, which performed at Carnegie Hall in 2008.
Furthermore, scholarly and academic work is an important aspect of Dr. Scholtes’ focus. He achieved a perfect academic record during his time at Indiana University, and has been the recipient of many awards, distinctions, and scholarships. Most recently he was invited to join the Golden Key International Honors’ Society, and is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honors’ Society. He received a Full Tuition Scholarship for his Master’s degree at the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, he made the Dean’s Honour List numerous times, and received the Faculty of Music Award, the James McGill Award, and the H. R. Ressler Scholarship. His doctoral dissertation, “The Historical Impact of William Walton’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” has been published by Lambert Academic Publishing and is available in print worldwide and on amazon.com. He has also written program notes for the CD “Presenting Rachel Patrick” produced by Enharmonic Records. In furthering his pedagogical intent, he is currently seeking a publisher for his original method book, “Atonal Sight-Reading Method,” and lectures on the history of String Pedagogy.
Dr. Scholtes has recently started composing, and beyond his musical interests, he enjoys studying philosophy, creative writing, and enjoys outdoor activities including running, cycling and fishing.