John Marshall is professor of cello and chamber music at Eastern Washington University and principal cellist with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. He has held this dual position since 1994. With the SSO, Marshall has performed over 20 times as a featured soloist. During the summers, Marshall teaches at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, and he is a founding member of the Interlochen Cello Institute.
Marshall has recorded/produced three albums of music for cello and bassoon with his wife and musical partner Lynne Feller-Marshall – SOAK: The Marriage of Cello and Bassoon, MiX-5: Premiere Recordings for Bassoon and Cello, and the recently released Dances with Friends. CDs and downloads of these recordings are available on cdbaby.com, amazon.com, and iTunes. A prolific arranger of music for cello and cello ensemble, Marshall has also arranged and performed works ranging from Purple Haze to Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto.
A passionate advocate of music education, Marshall is one of the conductors for the Spokane Youth Symphony. He is also the founder of a beginning string program in Cheney, Washington. This program is now an official component of the Cheney School District, with string orchestras in every school. In 2001, Marshall initiated CELLObration Spokane to celebrate the cello and music for cello ensemble. CELLObration Spokane attracts 50-60 cellists from across the Northwest and has become the largest annual gathering of cellists in the western United States.
Marshall has performed throughout Europe and Asia as part of chamber and orchestral ensembles. This includes participation in the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany (where he performed alongside Mr. Golan) and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Marshall holds degrees from Indiana, Yale and Northwestern Universities, where he studied with Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot and Hans Jensen. His doctoral dissertation focused on music for two cellos and orchestra.