Marcus R. Pyle

Marcus R. Pyle is a violist and musicologist and the inaugural Franco Professor of the Humanities and Assistant Professor of Musicology at Davidson College. He is also the Artistic Director of the Davidson Concert Series, presented by WDAV; President of the American Musicological Society, Southeast; and a member of the Charlotte Strings Collective.


Pyle holds degrees from New York University, Dartmouth College, The Juilliard School, and the Royal Music Academy in London. He has concertized with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia; has performed at Schoenbrunn Palace, Cadogan Hall, Henry Wood Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, and Royal Festival Hall; and has performed concerts in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Austria. He has done this while collaborating with conductors such as James Levine, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis, Alan Gilbert, Sir Simon Rattle, Leif Segerstam, and Yan Pascal Tortelier.


In London he performed with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra, Charities Philharmonia, Brent Symphony Orchestra, Verdandi Camerata, London Arts Orchestra, and the London Shostakovich Orchestra. In the United States he has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Clear Lake Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Garland

Symphony, Symphony Arlington, Juilliard Symphony, and was principal violist of the New Juilliard Ensemble and performed in the movie Annie (2014). Pyle has performed recitals at Lincoln Center and concerts at Carnegie Hall. He has also performed for Kim Kashkashian’s “Music for Food” series in Los Angeles. He was the guest violist performing alongside musicians of the Chamber Musicians of Lincoln Center, Quartet131, and the Sullivan String Quartet.