Cello (OLA Teaching Fellow)
Marza Merophi Wilks, a Peruvian-born cellist, recently graduated with a masters degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Natasha Brofsky. She also holds a bachelor of music degree and a graduate diploma from the New England Conservatory, where she was a student of Natasha Brofsky and Paul Katz. Ms. Wilks has appeared as soloist with the Genesee Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Southern Fingerlakes. She has toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi, performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She will be making her New York solo debut at Alice Tully Hall with the World Civic Orchestra in June of 2019.
A semi-finalist of the Sphinx Competition, Marza has a strong passion for community engagement and sharing her music with underrepresented communities. As a part of this mission, Ms. Wilks founded the Adelphi Quartet, a group of young and talented African American/LatinX musicians. They are music ambassadors at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, where they teach and perform. The quartet will be performing at the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C. in 2020.
Ms. Wilks has played in many orchestras including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and Apollo Orchestra. Ms. Wilks enjoys exploring genres outside of classical music. She recently performed with singer/dancer/playwright Migguel Anggelo in “So Close, Love + Hate,” a show exploring divisiveness, humanity, and hope. While at The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, she premiered works by new composers. As part of a string trio, Ms. Wilks was coached by improvisational musician Hankus Netsky on avant-garde composer John Zorn’s piece “All Hallow’s Eve,” which they performed at Jordan Hall in Boston and The Stone in New York City.
Ms. Wilks is excited to have recently started as a cello teacher at the Renaissance Arts Academy in Los Angeles, a school which brings together a cross-section of the city’s diverse ethnic, economic, and cultural populations in an ensemble-based environment. Their core mission is to use the combined aesthetic disciplines of music and movement as a gateway to academics.
Ms. Wilks plays a cello made in 2007 by Lawrence Wilke.
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