MARC SABBAH, VIOLA

Marc Sabbah (1988, New York City) is a viola soloist, chamber musician, composer and,  as of 2012, is the co-principal violist of the National Orchestra of Belgium .

He graduated Cum Laude from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with Sven Arne Tepl and Nobuko Imai.

Marc began his studies on violin at the age of 3 and mesmerized by the warmth of its tone and in admiration of his sister's cello playing,  switched to the viola at age 11. He completed his studies in the United States as a graduate of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High school of Performing Arts and the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School.

Marc is a prize winner of various international competitions. He received the Grand Prix at the 2016 Rising Stars Grand Prix Music Competition performing solo on stage at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. He is also the 1st Grand Prize winner of  the Manhattan International Music Competition, with a solo recital at renowned Weil Hall. Other top prizes Marc received were, among others, the 1st prize at the National Amsterdam Viola Competition (2013), the Moscow Arts Competition in Boston, the Horowitz International Competition and Academy in Kiev, Ukraine, (2004) performing Hoffmeister Concerto for Viola and Orchestra as well as Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Ukranian State Orchestra.

As a soloist, Marc has recently performed the Max Bruch Double Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Belgium (Casco Phil) and the National Orchestra of Belgium as well as the Walton Viola Concerto with Symfonieorkest De Philharmonie) in Utrecht and Amsterdam (Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ). 

Marc has given solo recitals and chamber music performances in The Netherlands and Belgium and has performed at festivals throughout Europe, Israel, Ukraine, Russia, the United States and Canada. In The Netherlands he participated in the Delft Chamber Music Festival (Liza Ferschtman), the Grachtenfestival and the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival (Janine Jansen). Marc is the founder of a new chamber music series in the heart of Brussels.

In 2011, Marc  was invited to participate in the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, sharing the stage with legendary violinist Ivry Gitlis at the Verbier Festival. In this festival he also collaborated with artists like Ferenc Rados, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Lawrence Power and Kim Kashkashian. Other masterclasses and lessons include cellists Anner Bijlsma, Uzi Wiesel, Christine Walevska; violinist and violists Pinchas Zukerman, Jean Sulem, Paul Neubauer and others.

Marc has given baroque bow masterclasses in association with the Dutch Viola Society. He can be heard as a prominent soloist on the new CD by Terra Nova of Divertimenti by the 18th century Flemish composer Henri-Joseph De Croes.

Between 2006-2010, Marc premiered new works at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall as former violist of the Kubrick-Quartet and as principal violist with the Deutsche-Skandinavische Jugend Philharmonie. He toured with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, led by violinist Gordan Nikolic, with concerts at a.o. the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Marc plays on a Leroy F. Geiger viola dated 1951 made in Chicago, USA.

You Tube links:
Walton Viola Concerto – Trailer
Walton Viola Concerto, 3rd mvt
J.S. Bach Suite no. 3 Bourrée


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