2018, 2015 Chamber – Southern Highlands, NSW, 2011
“How exciting to have such superb Australian musicians from all over the world performing together! This is such a unique opportunity for both musician and audience. I support this project whole-heartedly!”

Marina Marsden


Principal 2nd Violin – Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Marina Marsden studied violin at the Sydney Conservatorium with Alice Waten and from 1985, assisted by several scholarships, studied for a Performer’s Diploma in Vienna with Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet).

In 1990 Marina became Concertmaster of the Bruckner Orchestra in Austria. Upon her return to Australia she became the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Concertmaster from 1992 until 1994. In 1997 Marina travelled to Austria and the USA on a Churchill Fellowship. As a soloist she has performed with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Canberra Symphony and Adelaide Chamber Orchestras.

Marina is an active soloist and chamber musician, appearing at the 2009 Bowral Autumn Festival with members of the Australia Ensemble; she is a founding member of the Linden String Trio. Marina has recorded for Tall Poppies, Move Records, Wirripang Publications and ABC Classics labels, including two complete CDs for Tall Poppies: Marina Marsden – Violin Recital and Margaret Sutherland -The Chamber Music with Strings for which she received a 1999 Australian Music Centre National Award.

In 2009 Marina released a CD of Australian violin music, Spirit Dances (Wirripang) with pianist Clemens Leske. She is an inaugural member of the Australian World Orchestra and will again be performing with AWO in October this year. Other engagements have included performances for the ABC Classic FM Sunday Live Series and the Sydney Mozart Society.

Marina began performing with the Sydney Symphony in 1995 and is currently the SSO’s Principal Second Violin. She recently returned from an overseas study break supported by Symphony Friends and Michael & Mary Whelan Trust scholarships. Marina’s jam-packed international trip included everything from instrumental lessons with violin guru David Takeno in London to study with ‘flow’ technique specialist Andreas Burzik in Bremen. She also met with several mediation and orchestral leadership experts.

Last updated 2018