Mark Menzies has established an important, world-wide reputation as a violist and violinist, pianist and conductor. He has been described in the Los Angeles Times as an ‘extraordinary musician’ and a ‘riveting violinist.’ His career as a viola and violin virtuoso, chamber musician and pianist, conductor and advocate of contemporary music, has seen performances in Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and across the United States, including a series of appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
In February of 2017, Menzies performed the debut of a remarkable series of solo recitals in Los Angeles. Called 4:7 (4-in-the-time-of-7) – four separate solo violin/viola programs in one week, the concerts received considerable critical praise with the “New Classic LA” blog writing ‘Menzies was in full command’. 4:7 has been since performed in Christchurch (2017), Sacramento (2019), and Wellington (September 2020).
Mark Menzies has a considerable reputation as a chamber music performer; currently he is violist and violinist in the Formalist Quartet, now in its eleventh season, and whose discography includes a forthcoming release of the complete quartets by Christian Wolff. A significant number of Menzies’ (solo) recordings are premiere performances: Michael Finnissy’s …above earth’s shadow; Roger Reynolds’ Process and Passion and imagE viola; Barry Shrader’s Fallen Sparrow; James Newton’s In a moment…
Menzies’ compositions are increasingly played across the globe with recent premieres in The Netherlands, Italy, Los Angeles and Christchurch.
Viola, violin professor and coordinator of conducted ensembles at the California Institute of the Arts, from 1999-2016, where Mark Menzies curated a remarkable series of concerts at REDCAT at Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles, he moved to New Zealand in 2016 to take up a Professor of Music position at the University of Canterbury.
Edith is a Naxos recording artist and has recorded for Stradivarius Milan, Atoll records, New Zealand and for radio and TV in Europe, the US, Canada, Asia and Australasia.
She is a sought after teacher, who had Senior lecturer positions for cello at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Currently she is acting lecturer for cello at Melbourne University.
In 2019 /20 she will tour the UK and Europe as well as give masterclasses in New Zealand and Australia and record for Naxos and Rattle Records.