Marcus Rose is an aspiring violist born in Inglewood, CA, yet raised in Shreveport, LA. Marcus showed early musical interest at the age of four when embarking upon the piano, and at age ten began playing viola. He began studying with Borys Smolaga, Principal Violist of Shreveport Symphony, at the age of thirteen.

        He has secured principal viola positions of such orchestra as the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, Transylvania Symphony Orchestra, University of Southern California Symphony, and Louisiana All-State Orchestra. Other major orchestra appearances include the ASTA National Honor Orchestra, Marshall Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony, Texarkana Symphony, and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Marcus made his concerto debut at the age of fifteen with the Marshall Symphony. He went on to win first prizes at the First Annual Texarkana Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Red River Radio Young Artist Competition, Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition, Second Prize at the George Gershwin International Competition, and a finalist in the Juilliard Annual Viola Competition. He debuted at the age of sixteen with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec, Cynthia Phelps, Richard O’Neill, and Csaba Erdelyi at various music camps, some including Orford Arts Center, Meadowmount School of Music, and Music Academy of the West.  He experienced working under the batons of Keith Lockhart, Emmanuel Villaume, Robert Spano, Sidney Harth, Itzhak Perlman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Courtney Lewis, and Alan Gilbert. He has studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, Karen Dreyfus, Nicholas Mann, Vivianne Weilerstein, Charles Neidich, and Attaca String Quartet. He has performed in masterclasses for the Manhattan String Quartet, Daniel Sweaney, Susan Debois, Csaba Erdelyi, Joseph Silverstein, Cynthia Phelps, Donald McInnes, and Heidi Castleman. In November 2010 Marcus collaborated with Christopher O’Reilly on a taping of NPR’s From the Top, with whom he was declared a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient.

Marcus holds a BM from the Juilliard School as an Irene Diamond and C.V. Starr scholarship recipient studying with Heidi Castleman and Steven Tenenbom. He is currently a scholarship student of Karen Dreyfus at The University of Southern California pursuing a graduate degree in Viola Performance.  He is working on certification in the Pascale Method® under the supervision of Susan Pascale. He was generously loaned a contemporary viola by the Canadian maker Raymond Scrhyer from the Virtu Foundation.