" I wish everyone could experience a live performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring at least once in their life. Like Beethoven’s Fifth, it's a MUST DO!"
Cellist Marcia Peck has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1971. She has participated in many Orchestra chamber music concerts, and in recent seasons she has performed Crusell’s Clarinet Quartet, Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet, Nielsen’s Seranata in Vano and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 2.
Peck graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and was a member of Antonio Janigro’s master class at the Konservatorium in Düsseldorf for two seasons. She won first prize in the Mainz International Cello Competition and was a finalist in the Florence and Prague competitions. With the Bakken Quartet, she has performed the complete string quartets of Beethoven as well as the American premiere of the entire Shostakovich quartet cycle. She has toured South America with the Argentine chamber group Camarata di Bariloche. Each summer she performs at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Peck is an award-winning fiction writer who has received two Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Fellowships. In summer 2007 she won a prestigious residency at the Illinois artist’s retreat Ragdale, and her first novel, Water Music, was named as one of two runners-up for the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Award. Her short story “Long Distance” was nominated for a 2005 Pushcart Prize, and “A Gingko in the Garden” appears in 26 Minnesota Writers, published by Nodin Press. "Memento Mori" was awarded the New Millenium Short-Short Fiction Prize and appears in the 2015 issue of New Millenium Writings. Her essays have also been published in Minnesota Orchestra at One Hundred and the Orchestra’s program magazine, Showcase.