Marc Palmquist, Principal Cellist of the TBSO, has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Central America. He has been broadcast on NPR, CBC, and other networks. As a featured TBSO soloist, Marc has performed concerti by Bach, Boccherini, Bloch, Brahms, Dvorák, Fauré, Ginastera, Glazunov, Haydn, Ibert, Saint-Saëns, and others. Prior to joining the TBSO in 1985, he performed with the Queens Philharmonic in New York, the Florida Festival Orchestra in Boca Raton, performed on Broadway, and was on-call as a cellist with the historic Radio City Music Hall.
A native Minnesotan, Marc studied at St. John’s University, the University of Minnesota, the Juilliard, and Manhattan Schools of Music. In 1987, Marc and Deb (wife & clarinetist) toured Italy with members of the Metropolitan Opera in conjunction with the Teatro alla Scala. While on sabbatical from the TBSO in 1989-1991, Marc performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, one of the world’s finest. He has worked with one of the top ten orchestras in North America, the Minnesota Orchestra.
During the 1990′s, he summered in the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado where he was Assistant Principal Cellist in the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, collaborating with such brilliant performers as Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Lynn Harrell, and others.
Marc is a founding member of the local musical phenomenon ‘Musically Inclined’. This varied ensemble performs a wide variety of repertoire in many different settings. Often considered the ensemble of choice for local entertainment functions, it is unequalled in its level of polish, professionalism, and repertoire: www.musically-inclined.com.
Palmquist is an active chamber musician and teacher in Thunder Bay, has served as a sessional lecturer for Lakehead University’s Department of Music, and has appeared regularly with Consortium Aurora Borealis.