Violinist Marco Escobar enjoys a career of both teaching and performing. Living in Charlottesville, Virginia, he serves as adjunct professor of violin and viola at the Piedmont Virginia Community College and violinist of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
Marco began his music studies at the age of twelve in the small town of San Felipe, Venezuela. There he was member of the Venezuelan system of youth orchestras. After four years, the young musician moved to the capital Caracas. While going to high school and studying music at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory, he had earned a position of first violinist with the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra. Marco studied two years of law school, however he found that his passion was truly in music and decided to move abroad to pursue a higher education in violin performance. Marco enrolled at the New World School of The Arts in Miami, Florida and soon after at the University of Oklahoma under the tutelage of Felicia Moye and Diane Pascal. Marco was member of the University of Oklahoma Graduate String Quartet and served as graduate teacher assistant in violin under the tutelage of Felicia Moye.
Before moving to Virginia, Marco held orchestral positions with the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela), The Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Lawton Philharmonic (Oklahoma), The Accademia Filharmonica (Oklahoma), and the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra (Arkansas).
Marco's philosophy of teaching is based on the development of the individual as a true musician and performer. Marco’s curriculum includes foundations of music performance, music theory, music technology, music history, and world music. String techniques are based on the teaching principles of Ivan Galamian, Joseph Gingold, and Paul Rolland.
Marco shares his life with his son Christophe Antonio and his wife Christa Marie who also enjoys a
teaching career as a speech and language pathologist in Charlottesville Virginia.
BM --Violin Performance, University of Oklahoma
MME --String Pedagogy, University of Oklahoma