Cellist Marcia Peck grew up in New Jersey eleven miles from the Lincoln Tunnel. Her parents, both pianists, met at Tanglewood when her father was studying (together with classmate Leonard Bernstein) in Serge Koussevitzky’s conducting class. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, after which she spent two years studying at the Schumann Konservatorium in Düsseldorf, Germany. Her teachers include Orlando Cole, Antonio Janigro, Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova, and Mstislav Rostropovitch.
Before joining the Minnesota Orchestra, Marcia toured South America with the Argentine chamber group, La Camarata di Bariloche. She was a finalist in the Gaspar Cassado Competition in Florence, Italy and took First Prize in Mainz, Germany. During her time in Minnesota, she has been a founding member of the Bakken Quartet, performing the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven and Shostakovitch (US premiere.) She has been lucky enough to play chamber music with such luminaries as Joshua Bell, Pam Frank, Gil Shaham, YoYo Ma, Garrick Olssohn, Stephen Hough and Chris O’Reilly. She soloed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Neville Marriner conducting, in Bartok’s Second Rhapsody. Summers, she plays in the Grand Teton Music Festival.
Marcia’s novel-in-progress, The Unattended Moment, was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship. Her story, “An Unexpected Cadence,” is coming out later this year in the anthology A Tribute to Orpheus 2. She has been awarded artist residencies both at Ragdale in Forest Lake, Illinois, and at Hambidge Center, Georgia. Her short-short story “Long Distance” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Marcia’s husband, Dave Kamminga, former 4th Horn of the Minnesota Orchestra, is a Philosophy major at the University of Minnesota. He volunteers for Project Success and also at Bridgeview School, where he has initiated a student composing project. Daughter Hadley is a Shakespeare scholar.