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He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied with Gerald Fischbach. He earned his Master of Music in violin performance from the University of Maryland-College Park where he studied with Daniel Heifetz. Through his graduate fellowship, he also studied viola and chamber music under the Guarneri Quartet and baroque performance with members of the Smithsonian Chamber Players. While living in Maryland, Marvin participated in the National Orchestral Institute and performed with the Alexandria Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, and Prince George’s Philharmonic. After working on a Doctoral of Musical Arts for one year on full scholarship at the University of Texas in Austin, Marvin and his wife, Joie, moved back to Wisconsin to start raising a family.
He frequently attends practice retreats at Magic Mountain Music Farm in upstate New York where he studies with Burton Kaplan, professor of violin and viola at the Manhattan School of Music and author of “Practicing for Artistic Success: the Musicians Guide to Self -Empowerment.” Since 1998 he has appeared as a recitalist with the Millennium Strings in Gilbertsville, New York in association with Magic Mountain Music Farm.
Marvin has become known as a performer of “kundiman,” a genre of Filipino songs. “Kundiman” is a Tagalog word which means “serenade.” Being 100% Filipino, he grew up hearing this expressive style of music. He has appeared as a soloist, performing and promoting kundiman in Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, Las Vegas, upstate New York and San Francisco .
Marvin is also passionate about teaching and has held positions at the Wisconsin Conservatory and has been adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. Currently he is adjunct faculty of violin and viola at Carroll University and Alverno University. He keeps a private studio of 25 students. Marvin also enjoys serving as a sectional coach and chamber music coach for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Abend has collaborated at the renowned Marlboro and Ravinia Music Festivals. She has performed on the Frankly Music, Present Music, Milwaukee Musaik, Chamber Music Milwaukee concert series, with the Rembrandt Chamber Players in Chicago, “Classical Progressions “ at the Wilson Center, “Four Seasons” concert series in California, at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Washington Island Music Festival and as guest artist with the Philomusica, Mendelsohn, and Fine Arts Quartets.Recordings include soloist performances with the Filarmonica Nacional in Venezuela, INNOVA recording, Albany Records and the Avie label. Her latest recording “Fierce Lyricism” in collaboration with flutist Caen Thomason-Redus is available on Spotify, Amazon and other digital music platforms. Pedagogically Ms. Abend has worked on numerous recording and editing projects for the Hal Leonard Corporation. She is chair of piano studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches piano performance, collaborative piano and chamber music, as well as faculty at the New England Music Camp in Maine and the Collaborative Piano Institute at Louisiana State University.