A native of Chicago, Brevard Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Joan Markstein started
her musical studies at age four with her parents, pianists Harry and Thalia Davidson.
Cello studies followed later under Chicago Symphony cellist Don Moline.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, holding Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Cello Performance, Markstein's principal teachers include cellists Lee Fiser, Lynn Harrell and Peter Wiley.
A former Principal Cellist with the Thunder Bay Symphony in Ontario, Canada, Markstein has also served as cello instructor at Lakehead University, Canada, and at the University of Central Florida.
Currently, and in addition to her duties with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Markstein teaches many private cello students, and instructs cello at Eastern Florida State College. About her teaching at EFSC, Markstein says, "I am proud to teach at EFSC and will work hard with each and every cellist who comes to our college!!"