Marilyn Dubow, Violin

The New York Philharmonic

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Marilyn Dubow

Marilyn Dubow joined the violin section of the New York Philharmonic in 1971. A native of Philadelphia, she began studying the violin at age four and made her New York Philharmonic debut in a Young People’s Concert at age 11. The recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller grant to make a recital tour of Europe, she is also a past prizewinner at both the Tchaikovsky and Paganini international competitions.

Ms. Dubow has appeared as soloist with the Detroit Symphony and the Symphony of the New World. Other solo appearances as a recitalist have taken her to the Far East, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Alaska, and Canada. Her performances also have been broadcast on the Bell Telephone Hour and the BBC, and she has recorded the Charles Ives Second and Third Violin Sonatas for the Musical Heritage Society. She holds a bachelor of arts in literature from Sarah Lawrence College and a master of music from the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Dubow is the mother of two children.

“I remember a huge box of percussion instruments arriving at our house, and my brother and I playing everything for days. Then the box mysteriously disappeared.”

Q&A with Marilyn Dubow
THE FACTS: Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Received a bachelor's degree in literature from Sarah Lawrence College and a master of music from Manhattan School of Music. Prior to the Philharmonic: Appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including those of Detroit, Atlanta, Montreal, and Savannah. Performed and lectured as part of the Affiliate Artists program for several years in various U.S. locations. Also performed solo recitals in the Far East, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Alaska, and Canada.

At the Philharmonic: Joined in 1971. Made solo debut with the Philharmonic at a Young People's Concert at age 11, playing Vieuxtemps's Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall, with Wilfrid Pelletier conducting. Most recent recordings: Ives's Violin Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3 with pianist Marsha Cheraskin Winokur (Musical Heritage)

EARLIEST MUSICAL MEMORY: I remember a huge box of different percussion toy instruments arriving at our house, and my brother and I playing everything in it for days. We were delirious. Then the box mysteriously disappeared.

FIRST PIECE OF MUSIC YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH: Beethoven's “Eroica” Symphony. My teacher gave me the recording when I was about five. I played it all the time.

WHEN DID YOU BEGIN PLAYING THE VIOLIN? Two weeks before I was four. My mother was an amateur violinist, my father, an amateur pianist. I loved listening to them play together. And I loved the violin.

WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN? When I played the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto with the New York Philharmonic at age 11

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS WITH THE PHILHARMONIC: Playing Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite with the Philharmonic and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in April 1999

MOST INSPIRING COMPOSER: J.S. Bach IF YOU COULD PLAY ANOTHER INSTRUMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I do play the piano, and I studied flute for about a year.

WHAT'S IN YOUR CD PLAYER RIGHT NOW? Sparky's Magic Piano, a children's recording from the ‘40s

ARE THERE MUSICIANS IN YOUR FAMILY? My two brothers are musicians – one is a cellist, the other, a violinist. My son is studying piano, drums, and sax. My daughter is a drama major at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.
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