Currently 1st Assistant Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony, Philip Marten joined the Kansas City Symphony in 2016 as a member of the first violin section, and served as Acting Assistant Concertmaster in 2017. Prior to his appointment in Kansas City, he worked as Concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony for the 2015/16 season. As an active chamber musician, he has collaborated with Jessica Bodner, David Chan, Desmond Hoebig, Benny Kim, Scott Lee, Cho-Liang Lin, Jon Kimura Parker, and Ivo-Jan van der Werff. He is a founding member of the Rodin Trio, which participated in La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest in 2017. He has also been a member of Amicus Trio and Fairway String Quartet, the latter of which won fellowships to the Juilliard String Quartet Program, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the McGill International String Quartet Academy, among others festivals.
A Kansas City native, Philip Marten grew up participating in many local music organizations including the Kansas City Youth Symphony and Heartland Chamber Music Academy. He also studied violin with former Kansas City Philharmonic concertmaster Tiberius Klausner. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Rice University in 2015 under the tutelage of Cho-Liang Lin, he went on to University of Southern California where he completed a year of graduate studies with Glenn Dicterow.