MARSHALL MARCUS: After more than a quarter of a century as a professional violinist with appearances in more than 60 countries, Marshall Marcus was, for a decade in London, CEO of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Head of Music at Southbank Centre and the Royal Festival Hall, overseeing one of the world’s largest arts centre music programmes. More recently he worked worldwide on a variety of projects devoted to helping advance the values and practice of Venezuela’s El Sistema, and since December 2012 has been CEO of the European Union Youth Orchestra.
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