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 1st violinist of 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.
Programmes and projects
Since October 2018, Mark Fewer is the Artistic Director of Stratford Summer Music.
In their concert entitled Bach intime, Mark Fewer and Hank Knox present selections from the sonatas for violin and harpsichord by J.S. Bach. These intimate pieces, works of singular beauty, embody the genius of this iconic composer. The programme is completed by works by Rameau and other composers of the period.
“You could hear jaws dropping in the audience.”
— The Halifax Chronicle Herald
“The intrepid Fewer played with a mix of classical accuracy and fiddler’s flair.”
— The Toronto Globe and Mail
“Fewer’s leadership style is distinctly forward thinking.”
— The Vancouver Sun