A native of Poland, Dr. Marcin Arendt is an active chamber musician, soloist, & teacher. As a professor of violin at the University of Memphis’ Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, Dr. Arendt enjoys teaching a thriving studio of undergraduate & graduate students as well as playing with his colleagues on the string faculty in the Ceruti String Quartet. Since its first season in 2001, Marcin has played with Iris Orchestra under the baton of Michael Stern where he regularly holds the Isaac Stern Concertmaster Chair & is heavily involved in the orchestra’s community engagements. During the summers Marcin is frequently a part of the violin faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp & is the artistic director of the Memphis in Poland Festival which aims to share the significant musical, artistic, & cultural contributions of Memphis on an international stage.
Marcin Arendt has been a soloist with several orchestras including Iris Orchestra & the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, & he is the co-founder of Memphis Mix, a blues & crossover band that has performed internationally & was the featured ensemble of the Memphis in Poland Festival. He was a member & regular concertmaster of Colorado’s premiere conductor-less string orchestra, The Sphere Ensemble, & the featured violinist with the nationally touring crossover-fusion band FEAST. Dr. Arendt’s playing can be heard on recordings spanning several genres including a series of chamber works by Jacques Castérède on Naxos Records.
The prize winner of several national & international competitions, Arendt has performed alongside many renowned artists including Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Martin Short, Edgar Meyer, Clay Aiken, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell, & Harry Connick, Jr.
Dr. Arendt holds Bachelor degrees in both music & philosophy from Stetson University, a Master of Music & Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, & a post-graduate performance certificate from the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk, Poland. Marcin plays on a Jan van Rooyen original violin modeled after the Guarneri “Carrodus,” & uses a bow made by the award-winning bow maker David Forbes.