Fantastic Fiddlers
Fantastic Fiddlers
It's a night of fiddling! Featuring From the Top alumni fiddlers – Olivia (22) and Charlotte (19) Marckx; Iris Shepherd (15); and Joshua Rosenthal (17) – and host Peter Dugan performing and playing musical trivia games!
May 18, 2021
Fantastic Fiddlers
It's a night of fiddling! Featuring From the Top alumni fiddlers – Olivia (22) and Charlotte (19) Marckx; Iris Shepherd (15); and Joshua Rosenthal (17) – and host Peter Dugan performing and playing musical trivia games!
Fantastic Fiddlers
It's a night of fiddling! Featuring From the Top alumni fiddlers – Olivia (22) and Charlotte (19) Marckx; Iris Shepherd (15); and Joshua Rosenthal (17) – and host Peter Dugan performing and playing musical trivia games!
Olivia Marckx
cello • Bellevue, Washington

Olivia performed most recently on Show 314 in Orono, ME, recorded on October 25, 2015, at age 16. She also performed with her sister, Charlotte, as part of the Sempre Sisters duo, on Show 297, in Storrs, CT, recorded on November 1, 2014, at age 15.

2015 bio:

Olivia Marckx (cello), 16, is from Bellevue, Washington, and has been playing cello since she was nearly six, studying with her mother Leslie Marckx. She was recently one of 11 cellists from around the world chosen to participate in the 2015 Triennial Johansen International Competition for Young String Players held in Washington, DC, and has soloed with several orchestras, including the Seattle Symphony, Sammamish Symphony, Coeur d’Alene, Cascade Symphony, and Seattle Festival Orchestra. Olivia was the grand-prize winner of the 2013 KING FM Young Artists Awards and a featured performer with the Seattle Chamber Music Society. Her duo, Sempre Sisters, was featured on NPR’s From the Top, and her string quartet, Pike Street Quartet, won the coveted Haydn Prize and the bronze medal at the 2015 St. Paul String Quartet Competition. Olivia is fortunate to also work with Ray Davis, Meeka Quan diLorenzo, and Chuck Jacot. Outside of music, Olivia loves to read.

Charlotte Marckx
violin • Bellevue, Washington

Charlotte appeared most recently on Show 364 in Beaver Creek, CO on January 16, 2019

Charlotte Marckx (violin), 16, is a junior at Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington. She studies with Simon James and Robert Lipsett. She was the Gold Medal and Bach Prize winner at the 2018 Stulberg International String Competition. She was a second prize-winner in the 2018 Johansen International Competition. Charlotte was a 2015 recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar Award. She has previously performed on From the Top as a duo with her sister and appeared in From the Top’s video cover of “Shake it Off”. In her spare time, Charlotte has written a novel.

Charlotte Marckx also performed solo and with her sister Olivia Marckx on Show 297, recorded in Storrs, CT, on November 1, 2014.

2015 bio:

Charlotte Marckx (violin), 13, is from Bellevue, Washington, where she studies violin with Simon James and Jan Coleman. This past March, Charlotte was the youngest competitor at the 2015 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, and one of four violinists that advanced to the final round. Charlotte won the 2014 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, and is a four-time first-place winner of the Seattle Music Teachers Simon Fiset Competition. She has soloed with the Seattle Festival and Seattle Philharmonia Northwest Orchestras, and been featured on both NPR’s From the Top and KING FM’s Northwest Focus Live. She is currently a finalist in the 2015 KING FM Young Artists Awards. Charlotte also loves to fiddle, performing alongside her sister in their duo Sempre Sisters. Outside of music, Charlotte enjoys writing stories.

Joshua Rosenthal
violin • Damariscotta, Maine

Joshua performed on Show 379 in Portland, Maine on November 20, 2019.

Joshua Rosenthal (violin), 16, is a tenth grader from Damariscotta, Maine. He studies violin with Lynn Chang at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where he is Concertmaster of the NEC Youth Symphony Orchestra. This past summer he attended Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. In addition to music, Joshua is interested in coding, photography, reading, and biking.

Iris Shepherd
violin • Henry, Tennessee

Iris will appear on Show 402, airing September 6, 2021. She previously appeared on From the Top’s Virtual Concert, “Fantastic Fiddlers”.

Iris Shepherd (violin), 16, lives in Henry, Tennessee and is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. A student of Cornelia Heard at Vanderbilt University, she is a recipient of the Myra Jackson Blair Scholarship. Iris made her solo orchestral debut with the Georgia Philharmonic at age 12 and has since soloed with the Fairbanks Alaska Symphony Orchestra and the Curb Youth Symphony.

Iris is the 2021 Music Teachers National Association national winner in the senior strings category for 15-18 year old musicians. A three-time MTNA national finalist, she has won the Tennessee Division and Southern Division three consecutive years. Earlier in 2021, she won first prize in the Heart Out Piano and Strings Competition sponsored by the Miami Symphony. Previously, Iris won the Curb Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, the Tennessee American Strings Teachers’ Association (TNASTA) Competition, the Delta Symphony Concerto Competition and is a two-time prize winner in the Hilton Head Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition. In 2020, Iris performed four solo recitals in the Hilton Head Young Artist Performances Program.

Iris has performed in masterclasses with Stefan Jackiw, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis, Rachel Barton Pine, Catharine Carroll Lees, and Ani Kavafian. Twice she attended the Brian Lewis Young Artist Summer Program, and for the 2020 summer, she was awarded a full fellowship for the Aspen International Musical Festival. Iris has served as concert master of various community and festival orchestras and is currently a member of Vanderbilt University’s Curb Youth Symphony.

Though her first love is classical music, she won the James G. “Bobo” Driver National Championship fiddle contest in 2017. Iris made her Grand Ole Opry stage debut during the summer of 2016, performing a featured solo as part of the Fine Arts Summer Academy.  When Iris isn’t playing her violin, she enjoys shopping for unique finds at vintage stores, playing with her dog Aspen, and rock climbing.

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Iris Shepherd
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