Violin and Viola
Igor Markstein was born in Germany and raised in Israel. He graduated from the Academy
of Music, University of Tel Aviv, where he studied violin with Ilona Feher and chamber
music with Oedoen Partos. After his army service, Markstein won a full scholarship
to study at Northern Illinois University. There, he studied violin with Samuel Ashkenasi
and chamber music with members of The Vermeer String Quartet. Markstein holds the
bachelor of music (summa cum laude) and master of music in violin performance and
pedagogy from Northern Illinois University.
Markstein has been an Adjunct Professor of violin and viola at Eastern Florida State College since 1993, formerly known as Brevard Community College. Most recently he was Concertmaster of the Space Coast Symphony (2009-2012) and Assistant Concertmaster of the Brevard Symphony (1998-2009). He was also formerly the Concertmaster of the Atlantic Classical Symphony and Assistant Concertmaster of the Thunder Bay Symphony (Ontario, Canada) and principal violist of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Space Coast Philharmonic. He has been a Violin Instructor at UCF and Director of Music at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada.
A former student of Markstein, who is now Assistant Concertmaster of the Virginia Symphony, writes, "I have nothing but wonderful memories of Mr. Markstein's encouragement, hands-on approach and excellent illustrative teaching style. His profound pedagogical pedigree combined with enthusiasm and energy are characteristics not often found in combination...I am absolutely certain that without Mr. Markstein's steadfast tutelage, I would not have become a professional violinist."
Of his teaching, Markstein writes, "In my teaching, I consider it imperative to provide value (improvement) to all students, no matter what their level of proficiency. I emphasize intonation, rhythmic integrity and tone production before delving into interpretation and stylistic matters."