Romanian-born violinist Ruxandra Simionescu-Marquardt attended the ‘George Enescu’ School of Music and Conservatory of Music in Bucharest, where she was profoundly influenced by professors Stefan Gheorghiu and Modest Iftinchi. As a young musician, she won several prizes and medals in international competitions such as “Concertino” Prague, Henri Wieniawski, Tibor Varga, All-Romania Prize and participated in the Yehudi Menuhin Competition.
She continued her studies at Indiana University with Joseph Gingold and at Syracuse University, where she joined the faculty. In 1988, she became the youngest Associate Concertmaster in the US, a position she held for 13 years. She was also Principal Second Violin and later Concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony and appeared as guest Concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the New Mexico Philharmonic. She played under many noted conductors, including Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Fabio Mechetti, James DePriest, Raymond Leppard, and Andrew Litton.
Ms. Simionescu-Marquardt’s solo performances include appearances with the Bucharest Philharmonic, the Bucharest Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, Boston Virtuosi, Coastal Symphony of Georgia and the San Marco Chamber Society. As a chamber musician, she has participated in the Bayreuth Festival, Skaneateles Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, the Grand Tetons Festival, and the Boulder Philharmonic. In New Mexico, she is a featured artist in ChatterABQ and the Abiquiu Chamber Festival.
Ms. Simionescu-Marquardt is a dedicated and highly prized violin teacher. She is also highly sought after as a coach and clinician for musicians preparing for auditions in professional and youth orchestras.