Mark Fewer

Violinist Mark Fewer leads a multi-disciplined life in music. Violin soloist, chamber musician,
orchestral leader, artistic director, conductor, arranger, teacher, jazz violinist, recording artist
and occasional radio host, he has performed worldwide to great critical acclaim. Described as
“intrepid” (The Globe and Mail), “genre-bending” (National Post), “profound” (The WholeNote),
and “freaky good”(The Gazette), he has performed around the world in halls such as Carnegie,
Wigmore and Salle Pleyel, and is equally at home in recital venues such as Bartok House
(Budapest) to Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) to The Forum (Taipei). As a soloist, he has performed
with the symphonies of Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Quebec, San Francisco and Melbourne,
as well as groups such as the Fodens-Richardson Brass Band (UK), the Zapp Quartet
(Amsterdam), and the McGill Percussion Ensemble. As a conductor he has directed I Musici de
Montreal, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, the Newfoundland Sinfonia, the McGill Baroque
Orchestra and the choir Capella Antica.
Mr. Fewer’s discography includes collections of works by such varied musical voices as the
baroque gypsy Giovanni Pandolfi (released on the Smithsonian’s prestigious Friends of Music
label, it has been a best-seller at the museum since 2009), the American “Bad Boy of Music”
George Antheil (with pianist John Novacek, it is regularly used as soundtrack material for the
cult American hit tv series “American Horror Theater – Freak Show”), jazz great Phil Dwyer
(Changing Seasons, a work written expressly for Mr. Fewer showcasing his unique talents in
both classical and jazz idioms, it won the 2012 Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album
and was an iTunes bestseller), and Bramwell Tovey (Nine Daies Wander, winner of two UK Brass
Band Record of the Year awards, the piece has Mr. Fewer reciting famous lines of Shakespeare
while re-enacting the publicity stunt of comedic actor William Kemp in 1600). Other recordings
include the Violin and Piano Sonatas of Johannes Brahms (with pianist Peter Longworth), and
the Jazz Sonata of Bohuslav Martinu (with Art of Time director Andrew Burashko, piano). His
latest recording of the Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord Obbligato by J. S. Bach was
released on the new LEAF MUSIC label. 2018 will see the online record release of his own
music, written to be performed alongside American street poet Idris Goodwin’s “The Body In
Crisis”. Also forthcoming are recordings of the Mozart Piano Quartets (using Thomas
Jefferson’s violin), Schubert’s Trout Quintet with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and the
complete String Sonatas of Rossini.
Over the next three seasons, he will premiere new violin works by composers Bramwell Tovey,
David Braid, Drew Jurecka, Matthias Maute, Richard Mascall, John Novacek, Alissa Cheung,
Michi Wiancko, Atar Arad and others.
As a collaborator, Mr. Fewer has been violinist with the Duke Piano Trio for more than twenty
years, a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players for 13 and was, until recently, violinist
with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. He has shared the classical stage with performers such as
Edgar Meyer, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Leon Fleisher, Elizabeth Wallfisch, James Campbell, Anssi
Kartuunen and others, and the jazz stage with Dave Young, Phil Dwyer, Jim Vivian, Jodi

Proznick, Brad Turner, Gene DiNovi and Pekka Kuusisto. In 2016 he was a featured soloist with
Stevie Wonder and his band during the Songs in the Key of Life tour.
Mr. Fewer has been a dedicated teacher for 20 years, having been on the faculties of the Glenn
Gould School, the University of Toronto, McGill University, and recently as Artist-in-Residence
at Stanford University. He has taught during the summers at the Domaine Forget for more than
18 years, as well as having taught at the Banff Centre, the Colorado College Summer Music
Festival, NYO Canada, the Vancouver Academy of Music, the Dresden Hochschule, the
Australian Youth Orchestra, the University of British Columbia, the University of California Santa
Barbara, Arizona State University and others. His students have distinguished themselves by
winning positions in major ensembles and orchestras in North America and Europe, including
the Handel & Haydn Society (concertmaster), the Montreal Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio
Orchestra, the Danish Philharmonic and others. He began a new appointment as William
Dawson Scholar at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in September 2015 where
he teaches violin, baroque violin, chamber music and string improvisation.
He is the founding Artistic Director of the SweetWater Music Festival, which recently celebrates
its 15th season in September of 2018. He will take on the role of Artistic Director of Stratford
Summer Music in 2019.