…sharing music to provoke empathy and create a more compassionate world…
Florrie Marshall is an artist of sounds, and lover of all things musical. Florrie comes from a long musical lineage and is proud to be continuing in the footsteps of her family members from previous generations. After the passing of both paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother who lead lives as professional musicians, Marshall continued her musical studies with her great-aunt and legendary pedagogue Dora Marshall Mullins in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
With a passion for exploring the chamber music literature, Marshall has been a participant at several esteemed chamber music festivals most recently including ClasClas, under the direction of Guy Braunstein, former concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. Other festival appearances include the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival’s Winter Workshop 2016, 2017 & 2019, the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Beethoven Institute in New York City and the Manchester Music Festival. Such festivals have afforded Marshall the opportunity to perform alongside revered artists such as Guy Braunstein, Franz Bartolomey, Chris Grymes, Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Michael Kannen, Ara Gregorian, Hye-Jin Kim, Ilya Kaler, Ralph Kirshbaum, Mark Jakobs, Raman Ramakrishnan, Emanuel Gruber and Melissa Reardon.
In addition to her love of chamber music, she also developed as an orchestral musician, having served as principal violist of the Yale Philharmonia, concertmaster, principal second violin and principal viola for both the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra and conductor-less ensemble, The Virginia Beach Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. During her senior year at ECU, Marshall performed an orchestral concert in the same way her grandfather once did: As concertmaster from the first violin section for the first half, and as concertmaster from the viola section for the second half.
Florrie earned a bachelor’s degree in violin performance and a Certificate of Advanced Performance Studies in viola from East Carolina University where she studied with Hye-Jin Kim and Ara Gregorian. She most recently earned her Master of Music degree from Yale University as a recipient of the Stephen and Denise Adams Fellowship, where she received the 2017 Presser Foundation Graduate Award and the 2018 Philip F. Nelson Prize. Florrie also received the 2017 Interdisciplinary Arts Award from Yale’s Center for Collaborative Arts and Media. Florrie studied with renowned pedagogues Ettore Causa and Steven Tenenbom.