Michael Marks has been out of high school just a year, but his music career is off to an impressive start.
The Gilbert 19-year-old won the blind auditions for the Arizona Opera Orchestra's principal bassist seat. Marks, a double-bassist, is now the youngest musician to ever play in the orchestra.
“Michael offered an extremely nuanced, beautiful performance that stood out in quite a competitive field of his colleagues,” Ryan Taylor, Arizona Opera's interim general director, said in a written statement. Taylor noted that the vote, cast by a panel of seven orchestra musicians and three administrators, was unanimous.
The auditions were held in April, less than a year after Marks graduated from Highland High School in Gilbert.