Marion Baker is principal cellist with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and freelances in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He currently teaches a combination of traditional and Suzuki methods in his studio at home. He is a co-founder of the RusticWay Chamber Music Ensemble and also plays with the Listen Local Ensemble and the National Gallery/Sunrise Quartet. Marion is on faculty and the board of Cellospeak, a national organization that sponsors summer workshops for adult cellists at Bryn Mawr. He received his musical training at Kent State University with Moshe Amitay and at the Curtis Institute of Music with Orlando Cole and Misha Schneider. Marion participated in master classes with Janos Starker, David Sawyer, and Claus Adam and also attended music festivals including Brevard where he was a concerto winner, Eastern Music Festival, and Music Mountain studying with Fritz Magg.
Marion has served as principal cellist for many orchestras including the Washington Concert Opera, National Gallery Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony and the National Philharmonic and served under many conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Paul Paray, Thor Johnson, and Aaron Copland. Marion served as the principal continuo for the Washington Bach Consort for 20 years, touring with them to the International Bach Festival in Leipzig, East Germany which celebrated Bach’s 300th birthday.
Marion has performed many solo works with orchestra including Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Haydn D major Concerto, Popper Hungarian Rhapsody, Vivaldi Two Cello Concerto, Brahms Double Concerto, Beethoven Triple Concerto, Haydn Symphony Concertante, and also premiered the Ventzislav Dikov Movement for Cello (2013) at the National Gallery in Washington, DC.
Marion developed his love of teaching and performing from growing up in a musical family with relatives that taught strings in the public schools and who taught at Suzuki Institutes across the country.