Mark Feldman

Mark Feldman ( born July 17, 1955 in Chicago) is a jazz and classical violinist and composer.

Life and work

Feldman had a private music education, including at Joe Daley, and since 1973 was working as a musician in the Civic Orchestra and in the clubs in Chicago. Between 1980 and 1986 he worked as a studio musician in Nashville ( where he was involved in the recording of more than 200 plates). He then moved to New York City, where in the context of John Zorn, he initially worked with Dave Douglas, Uri Caine and Don Byron, but also played with Billy Hart. He was involved in recordings from Michael Brecker, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Josh Roseman ( Treats for the Nightwalker 2003) and Chris Potter. He was a member of the Arcado String Trio. In New York's Lincoln Center, he played with the pianists Paul Bley and Muhal Richard Abrams in a duo. He regularly performs in duo with pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, with whom he is married. He continues to play in the quartet of John Abercrombie.

Feldman has emerged as a composer. In 1995 he veröffentllchte "Music for violin alone " on Tzadik Records; the published at Enja "Book of Tells " contains his music for string quartet.

He continued to play with Hans Lüdemann, Simon Nabatov and Wilbert de Joode. In 2003 he was the soloist in Guus Janssen's Violin Concerto; with the WDR Big Band Cologne he performed the Concerto for Violin and Jazz Orchestra by Bill Dobbins.


  • Richard Cook, Jazz Encyclopedia. Penguin, London. , 2007.