Arizona Opera's newest principal player just graduated high school

2013-06-25T14:25:00Z Arizona Opera's newest principal player just graduated high schoolCathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

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.

Marks is an alumnus of the Phoenix Youth Symphony, where he played for two years under Keitaro Harada, Arizona Opera’s assistant conductor.

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