Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Harry J. Marenstein
|Harry J. Marenstein, violinist and the Associate Music Director/Associate Conductor of Musica Bella, holds a Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His teachers have included Harold Farberman, Carl Topilow, and Louis Lane, former Resident Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony. He has participated in masterclasses with such noted conductors as Zdenek Macal, Daniel Lewis, Kenneth Kiesler, George Manahan, Apo Hsu, and Larry Rachleff, as well as composers Thea Musgrave and Richard Wargo. While at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mr. Marenstein appeared on the podium of several of its orchestras, its opera theater, and many smaller ensembles. Highlights include the Cleveland premiere of Conrad Pope’s Summer Sketches, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, and a live radio and Internet broadcast from Cleveland’s Tower City Celebration.
An active proponent of new music, particularly that of American composers, Mr. Marenstein currently serves as Resident Conductor of Forecast Music, and has performed and recorded with Anti-Social Music, both New York-based composer collectives. Other recording projects include Gal Ziv’s Iyov for Soprano, Baritone, String Quartet, and Drum Loop, and Peter Gilbert’s Introduction and Passacaglia for Orchestra. He also holds the position of Chamber Music Coordinator with the Brooklyn Heights Music Society.
In addition to his work here in the U.S., Mr. Marenstein has appeared with Bulgaria’s Pleven Philharmonic and Varna State Symphony.
Musica Bella concerts: June 21, 2003; October 19, 2003; November 30, 2003; January 17, 2004; January 18, 2004; February 29, 2004