The Venice Symphony was founded in 1974 with volunteer musicians that included an 86-year-old French horn player and an 8-year-old violinist. 45 years later, today’s orchestra is comprised of 70 experienced, professional musicians from all over Southwest Florida. Their backgrounds and music careers have spanned the United States and the World and bring depth and diversity to The Venice Symphony.
The Venice Symphony 2017-18 musician roster will be posted in September 2017.
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OUR CONCERT MASTER
The Venice Symphony is excited to announce that our new concertmaster for 2017-18 is violinist Marcus Ratzenboeck, a versatile musician who has made a successful career as a performing and recording artist. On his appointment as concertmaster, Marcus said, “I look forward to an era of fine musicianship working with The Venice Symphony.”
Marcus received his Master of Music degree from Indiana University where he was concertmaster of the IU Symphony and the Columbus, IN Philharmonic. After his studies with renowned teachers such as Yuval Yaron, Henryk Kowalski, and Eliot Chapo, Marcus was appointed Principal Second Violin of The Louisville Orchestra and Adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of Louisville. During his tenure, he was also a member of the acclaimed Louisville String Quartet and Concertmaster of The Louisville Bach Society.
Marcus Ratzenboeck has participated in numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria), Sarasota Music Festival, Hirosaki Chamber Music Festival (Japan), and he served as concertmaster of Spoleto (USA) for several seasons. An active performer, Marcus has had an impressive recording and touring career having worked with several major and independent record labels and publishers. Marcus lives in Sarasota and has played with The Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, and St. Petersburg Opera. He also has his own recording studio, H&M Productions.