Marcus Thompson has taught at NEC since 1983. Also a member of the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 2015 that school awarded Thompson its highest honor, the title of Institute Professor.
Thompson has earned critical acclaim since his New York recital debut in 1968 as winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He has since performed as soloist with the Boston Pops, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a recitalist, he has appeared in series throughout the Americas, including New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and Metropolitan Museum, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Minneapolis’s Orchestra Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Theater, and Teatro Nacional in the Dominican Republic.
An artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society since 1984, Thompson became BCMS's second artistic director beginning with the 2009/2010 concert season, succeeding cofounder and NEC alumnus, cellist Ronald Thomas '74. In fall 2009 Thompson also launched a blog in which he discusses repertoire performed by BCMS.
Thompson has been a frequent guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Vermeer, Muir, Emerson, Orion, and Audubon string quartets, and chamber music festivals in Amsterdam, Dubrovnik, Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle, Sitka, Spoleto, and Vail.
In addition to his teaching duties at NEC, Thompson is Robert R. Taylor Professor of Music at MIT, where he oversees string performance and is director of the MIT Chamber Music Society. At MIT, he was a 1995 Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow.
B.M., M.S., D.M.A., The Juilliard School. Violin studies with Louise Behrend. Viola with Walter Trampler. Additional studies with Abraham Skernick, Michael Avsharian, and Ivan Galamian. Chamber music studies with the Juilliard, Amadeus, and Netherlands string quartets and Joseph Gingold. Recordings on Vox/Turnabout, Centaur, and with the Boston Chamber Music Society on Northeastern. Former faculty of the Juilliard School Pre-College Division, Oakwood College, Wesleyan University, Mount Holyoke College. Currently Robert R. Taylor Professor of Music at MIT.
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- Institute Professor, MIT, 2015
- Second artistic director, Boston Chamber Music Society 2009—present
- Robert R. Taylor Professor of Music, MIT, 1995
- Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT, 1995
- Young Concert Artists International Auditions winner, 1968
- Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
- Marlboro Music Festival
- Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival