Meet the Musicians

John Marshall

Principal Cello
Jerry R. and Frances L. Stafford Chair

John Marshall

biography

John Marshall has been the Principal Cellist with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra since 1994. He holds a joint teaching position at Eastern Washington University, where he is Director of Orchestra and Professor of Cello.  Marshall is also the conductor of the Spokane Youth Symphony's Strings Orchestra.  He received degrees from Indiana, Yale, and Northwestern Universities, where he studied with Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot and Hans Jensen. His doctoral dissertation focuses on music for two cellos and orchestra. During the summers, Marshall teaches at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.  

Along with his wife, Spokane Symphony Principal Bassoonist Lynne Feller-Marshall, Marshall has recorded three CDs of music for cello and bassoon under their group name "Paradox."  Paradox also recorded two innovative and fun videos featuring their arrangements of Take Five and Purple Haze.  Both videos are available on YouTube.  

When not performing with the Spokane Symphony, teaching, or recording CDs, Marshall enjoys time with his family in the great outdoors — either by biking, soaking in hot springs, or driving in his favorite convertible.

About John Marshall:

With the Symphony since: 1994

Hometown:  Wheaton, IL and Interlochen, MI

Schools attended:  Interlochen Arts Academy, Indiana University, Yale University, Northwestern University

I first started to play music when:  I started playing cello at 6, so I don't really remember a time when I didn't play the cello.

Musical inspirations:  My parents, Janos Starker, Leonard Bernstein...

Favorite Composers:  So Many....Bach, Mahler, Beethoven, Brahms, Shostakovich, Stravinsky...

Favorite works featuring my instrument:  So Many...Brahms Piano Concerto #2, Dvorak Concerto, Elgar Concerto, Brahms Double...

Hobbies:  Soaking in Hot Springs across the Western US, Living in a Geodesic Dome House.

Volunteer activities include:  Cheney String Academy — a program for young string players in the Cheney School District

Books I like:  Whatever I am currently reading...

Favorite bands or performers:  The SSO, of course!

Favorite things to do in Spokane:  Wine tasting, enjoying the outdoors, attending concerts

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