Dr. Mark P. Malkovich, III
Dr. Mark P. Malkovich, III is acknowledged as an expert in the field of chamber music. As General Director of the Newport Music Festival for the past twenty-six seasons, he has brought the Festival to national and international prominence. His avid awareness of the international music scene and his idea of a music-making community of artists creates a festival that really feels like a festival.
The list of international artists who
made their American debuts in Newport under his patronage is
legendary—pianists Bella Davidovich, Andrei Gavrilov, Jean-Philippe Collard,
François-René Duchable, Dimitris Sgouros, Maria-João Pires, Valery Afanassiev,
Jean-Louis Steuerman, Michel Dalberto, Igor Zhukov, Mikhail Pletnev, Ekaterina
Novitskaya, Andrea Lucchesini, Pietro De Maria, Peter Rösel, Pascal Devoyon,
Hugh Tinney, Alain Jacquon, Mûza Rubackyté, Constantin Lifschitz and Nikolai
Lugansky; violinists Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Peter Oundjian, Raphael Oleg, Augustin
Dumay, Ilya Kaler, and Stephan Milenkovic; violist Gerard Caussé; cellist
Alexander Rudin; flutist Patrick Gallois; clarinettist Emma Johnson; bassoonist
Kim Walker; baritone Detlef Roth; contrabassist Alberto Bocini and more than
fifty other stellar artists and groups. He
brought back to America, after absences of many years, such luminaries as
pianists Maria Tipo, Dubravka Tomšič, Sergio Fiorentino, Dame Moura
Lympany, Fou Ts’ong, Magda Tagliaferro, Halina Czerny-Stefanska and Vlado
Perlemuter. Finnish baritone Jorma
Hynninen was heard in Newport on his very first American tour.
Bolshoi Opera stars Makvala Kasrashvili and Zurab Sotkilava first
appeared in America at the Newport Music Festival.
Malkovich is a pianist of note himself,
having studied with Dorothy Crost Bourgin of the Chicago Musical College,
William Beller, Chairman of the Piano Department of Columbia University, and
Adele Marcus of the Juilliard School. He
is the former Executive Director of the Palm Beach Festival and has served as
President of the Chopin Foundation of the U.S.
He is a popular lecturer and TV and radio personality, appearing
frequently on Boston’s WGBH, New York’s WQXR and the nationally syndicated
“A Note to You.” His critique
of the 1985 Chopin Competition in Warsaw appeared in Musical
America, and for two years Malkovich hosted a regional weekly radio program,
“Sunday Morning at the Newport Music Festival.” He is currently Artistic Director of Regis College’s
“President’s Series” and Bryant College’s “President’s Concert
Series,” featuring many Newport Music Festival artists, and writes a record
review column for the nationally distributed Newport
Life magazine. His lectures for Salve Regina University’s “Circle of
Scholars” and his recent lecture “300 Years of Western Music” at the Naval
War College garnered rave reviews.