Marion Feldman is recognized as one of today's leading performers and pedagogues of cello and chamber music. She is a member of the artist faculty at New York University, Steinhardt School Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, where she teaches cello and chamber music. Along with this, she has been on the cello and chamber music faculty of Manhattan School of Music, College and Preparatory Divisions, since 1974 and the CUNY Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music since 1972. She also is a member of the faculty at the City University Graduate Center.
Miss Feldman received her training as a scholarship student at The Juilliard School, where she studied with her mentor, Luigi Silva. Additional studies were with Leonard Rose, Bernard Greenhouse, and Zara Nelsova. Chamber music tutelage was with the members of the Juilliard String Quartet,William Primrose, Artur Balsam, Louis Persinger, and Hans Letz. Later, she attended the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, ltaly, for summer courses with Andre Navarra. Following this, she coached with Marion Davies, a student of the famous Emanuel Feuermann, gaining musical and technical insight into his highly regarded approach to music-making and cello playing.
Miss Feldman has appeared extensively throughout the United States and the Far East as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Included among her many engagements have been numerous recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall(Weill), Tully Hall( Lincoln Center), and Merkin Hall in New York City. She been invited to many festivals in the Far East, among them those in Taiwan, Korea, and Mainland China. In 1992 and in 2001, she participated in government- sponsored tours of Taiwan. In addition to this, in 2001 she appeared in concert in Taipei giving master classes sponsored by the Quanta Education Foundation and the Taipei American School. This led to a collaboration for concerts at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and master classes with members of the Ars Trio Taipei. From 1993 to the present, she has appeared at many festivals in Korea. These include the Seoul Music Festival, Cheju-Halla Festival, and the Kangneung -Manhattan Festival. She was invited to be a visiting professor for the spring festival at the Soong-Sil University in Seoul, where she gave a series of master classes.
During the last three summers she has taught and performed at the Dae-Jin University Festival in Seoul, Korea. Ms. Feldman was invited by the government of Mainland China to give master classes and a recital at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in Beijing.
Marion Feldman is presently a member of the chamber group Metamorphosis, a piano quartet that is comprised of NYU faculty members. She was for ten years a member of the New York Lyric Arts Trio. The group not only toured the United States but also founded the Downeast Chamber Music Center in Castine, Maine. The Center ran both a summer school and a chamber series which featured the trio. Later, she joined the New Manhattan Trio with the late Erick Friedman, violinist, and Joseph Seiger, pianist. She has also been a member of the Lorenzo Trio and the Aureus Ensemble.
“She cultivates an unusually large, resonant tone, and relies on a bowing technique that is constantly secure and poised.”
New York Times
“The Shostakovich Sonata, which covers an especially wide range of musical gestures, was particularly well realized with all of its diversity of expression carefully considered and convincingly unified. Miss Feldman caught the tender. capricious nature of the Beethoven most effectively, while the Chopin Sonata was phrased with real aristocratic elegance.”
New York Times
“Ms. Feldman is a strong and solid musician . . . a cellist of supreme accomplishment. She is an artist of the first water, a warm communicative musician, a master of her instrument and a seasoned veteran of the concert stage. These are all qualities she holds in abundance.”
Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1982
Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 1974.