Marshall Marcus


Currently EUYO Secretary General, International Youth Foundation CEO and Sistema Europe President, Marshall Marcus has been involved in – and inspired by – the world of music since the 1960s, and as a violinist, programmer, writer, educator and broadcaster has worked in more than 70 countries across 5 continents. He is the founder of Sistema Europe, Sistema Africa, the SERA Archive, The European Music Campus and La Orquesta Barroca Simón Bolívar de Venezuela, and was co-founder of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Following a 25-year career as a professional violinist, Marshall became Chair and CEO of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and then Head of Music at London’s Southbank Centre and the Royal Festival Hall, where he programmed and oversaw one of the world’s largest music programmes.

As a performer, Marshall collaborated with groups as varied as Amsterdam Baroque, the Moscow Soloists, Baaba Maal and The Michael Nyman Band. His recordings include the Rossini String Sonatas with Chi-Chi Nwanoku, Richard Tunnicliffe and Elizabeth Wallfisch, Globokar’s string quartet Discours VI with Domus, the complete Beethoven symphonies with Sir Roger Norrington, complete Bach Cantatas with Ton Koopman and complete Haydn Symphonies with Christopher Hogwood.

Marshall’s current interests include the role of culture in helping meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He was recently General Editor of the European Commission’s Voices of Culture Structured Dialogue brainstorming report Culture and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges & Opportunities.