Texas native J. Christopher Marshall, a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1999, earned his master’s degree in bassoon performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. He holds two undergraduate degrees from Northwestern University: one in bassoon performance and the other in mechanical engineering. Before joining the Minnesota Orchestra, Marshall was a member of Florida’s New World Symphony.
Marshall has appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra in performances of Dietter’s Concerto for Two Bassoons in 2008, reprising the work in subsequent seasons, most recently in November 2014. He has also performed as a soloist with the Bloomington and Mankato symphonies. He has appeared with the Boston Symphony and Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Symphony, and has participated in numerous music festivals, including Tanglewood, Pacific and Spoleto. As a clinician, he has led master classes and sectionals for many universities as well as community and youth orchestras.
An active chamber musician, Marshall performs regularly on the Minnesota Orchestra’s Chamber Music series offerings. He is co-artistic director of the Colonial Chamber Series in Edina, and is also a member of Prevailing Winds, a quintet whose members are Orchestra musicians.
Marshall was a recipient of a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians in 2009.
An avid Dallas Cowboys fan and triathlete, he lives in Plymouth with his wife Kari, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Director of Artistic Planning, and their sons Robert and Jonathan.