Mark Fewer

violin

“Fewer’s leadership style is distinctly forward thinking.”

— The Vancouver Sun

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About Mark Fewer

Known for his exceptional versatility, violinist Mark Fewer has been described as “genre-bending” (National Post), “intrepid” (Globe and Mail), “profound” (The WholeNote) and “freaky good” (The Gazette). Formerly concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony and violinist with the St Lawrence String Quartet, he is a Juno and Prix Opus winner, a popular host of CBC’s This is My Music, and is the subject of an episode of People Uncut on the Biography Channel. 


Mark Fewer leads programs with orchestras as violin soloist and conductor simultaneously, featuring a dizzying range of repertoire. Whether he is following Vivaldi's Four Seasons with one of his signature arrangements of jazz standards for violin solo with orchestra, or conducting a Mozart symphony from the concertmaster position, Mark Fewer delights audiences with his expert musicianship and ease in all genres. Notable performances as conductor/soloist include engagements with I Musici of Montreal, Ottawa's Thirteen Strings, and the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. 


Since October 2018, Mark Fewer is the Artistic Director of Stratford Summer Music.

Reconnu pour sa polyvalence exceptionnelle, le violoniste Mark Fewer a été décrit comme un «innovateur» (National Post), «intrépide» (Globe and Mail), «profond» (The WholeNote) et «follement bon» (The Gazette). Ayant été auparavant violon solo du Vancouver Symphony et St. Lawrence String Quartet, il est lauréat des prix Juno et Opus. Il est un animateur populaire de This is My Music sur CBC et fait l'objet d'un épisode de People Uncut sur Biography Channel. 


Mark Fewer dirige des programmes avec orchestres simultanément en tant que soliste et chef d'orchestre, présentant une gamme vertigineuse de répertoire. Qu'il dirige les Quatre Saisons de Vivaldi qu’il a arrangé pour violon solo et orchestre avec des standards jazz emblématiques, ou qu'il dirige une symphonie de Mozart depuis le poste de premier violon, Mark Fewer ravit le public par son talent, son expertise musicale et sa facilité dans tous les genres. Parmi ses performances notables en tant que chef d'orchestre et soliste, on note celles avec I Musici de Montréal, Thirteen Strings d'Ottawa et l'Orchestre symphonique de Guelph.


Depuis octobre 2018, Mark Fewer occupe le poste de directeur artistique à Stratford Summer Music.

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Mark Fewer leads programs with orchestras as violin soloist and conductor simultaneously, featuring a dizzying range of repertoire. Whether he is following Vivaldi's Four Seasons with one of his signature arrangements of jazz standards for violin solo with orchestra, or conducting a Mozart symphony from the concertmaster position, Mark Fewer delights audiences with his expert musicianship and ease in all genres. As ‍a ‍conductor ‍he ‍has ‍directed ‍I ‍Musici ‍de ‍Montreal, ‍l’Orchestre ‍Symphonique ‍de ‍Laval, ‍the ‍Newfoundland ‍Sinfonia, ‍Guelph ‍Symphony, ‍Vancouver ‍Symphony, ‍the ‍McGill ‍Baroque ‍Orchestra ‍and ‍the ‍choir ‍Capella ‍Antica.

Mark Fewer and Hank Knox, two well-known personalities in Canada, join forces in Heartstrings. Both versatile musicians, they have performed throughout North America and are known for bringing a unique signature to their performances, offering fresh and exciting interpretations of works from the past. Their complete recording of the sonatas for violin and harpsichord by J.S. Bach was released on LEAF records in 2017. The Vivaldi Manchester Sonatas were arranged and recorded by Fewer and Knox and were released on LEAF in November 2019. This is the first recording of the works by Canadian artists. 

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EMA

 

“... which also displays Fewer’s natural way of integrating chordal stops into the melodic fabric. His ornamentation respects Vivaldi’s lyrical gifts and shares his own personality as a soloist.”

 

—  Andrew J. Sammut
May 2020
*About the Vivaldi Manchester Sonatas recording

Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

 

“Mark Fewer plays without a vibrato, with a deeply, sweetly centered intonation and a straightforward musical energy...” 

—  Grego Applegate Edwards
March 2020

*About the Vivaldi Manchester Sonatas recording

The East Mag

 

“Fewer’s violin is the voice of the recordings, and his absolute precision makes space for a huge brightness and energy, balancing along beautifully with the landscape laid out by the Harpsichord.” 

—  Jeremy Thomas Gilmer
January 2020

*About the Vivaldi Manchester Sonatas recording

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