Olivia Hajioff and Marc Ramirez, the Marcolivia Duo, are the featured violin and viola soloists for Symphonic Journey, the Manassas Symphony's season-opening concert on October 27, 2018. They are playing Max Bruch's Double Concerto in E minor, Op. 88.
Marcolivia is an award-winning violin and violin/viola duo who performs music from all styles and periods, including Folk Music and Salon/Virtuoso works and their own arrangements. Concerts of Baroque music and works by 20th century composers are also offered, as well as humorous and dazzling "showpieces" for family concerts.
The Marcolivia Duo has been featured many times on NPR's "Performance Today" and “Front Row Washington”. They have been regular guest artists at the Tokyo College of Music, Japan, and have performed for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC, for the Hungarian American Coalition at the Cosmos Club, and annually at the Phillips Collection (where they are included on several CDs of Series Highlights and Distinguished Performers), also the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Cleveland Museum Of Art, Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, NYC.
In 2011, Marcolivia was invited to be founding members of the Phillips Camerata, based at the Phillips Collection and the National Gallery, Washington DC. and performing annually at the two venues.
The duo also performs double concertos regularly with most of the DC area orchestras as well as several in California’s Bay Area. In 2015, Marcolivia was invited to perform at the National Gallery with the St Petersburg State Orchestra of Russia and the National Gallery Orchestra.
Marcolivia performed at Chamber Music America's 25th Anniversary Concert in NYC, alongside groups such as the Juilliard Quartet and were the only chamber music finalists in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2000. The duo is on the roster of the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center and the Virginia Commission For The Arts Touring Roster. Marcolivia is also on the roster of Washington Performing Arts. They regularly perform, coach and adjudicate for WPA events. The duo also transcribes works for their own performances, including Mozart’s Magic Flute, among others.
During the summers, Marcolivia have performed and taught abroad at festivals including Adriatic Music Festival (Italy), International Festival of Deia (Mallorca), Costa Rica Music Festival, and Dartingon International Festival (UK). US festivals have included Garth Newel Music Center, Blue Mountain (PA), Las Vegas Music Festival, Middlebury Festival (VT), Shenandoah Performs and the Heifetz Institute. Marc and Olivia teach privately in Vienna, VA.
Olivia Hajioff and Marc Ramirez enjoy successful individual solo and chamber music careers: Ms. Hajioff, a Fulbright scholar, received a BBC Young Musician of the Year Award and was also a prize winner in the European Violin competition. In her native England she has performed chamber music at the Dartington International Festival with David Owen Norris and Stephen Kovacevich. She has also performed with Edgar Meyer, Awadagin Pratt and Led Zeppelin. She has concertized throughout Europe and the U.S. notably in London’s Wigmore Hall, the South Bank, Cheltenham Festival, Paderewski Hall in Switzerland, and the Kennedy Center. Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet) described her as a “compelling performer”.
Mr. Ramirez has concertized throughout Europe and North America, performing at such halls as the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow, Carnegie Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, with chamber musicians including Wendy Warner and Christopher Shih. His recitals have been broadcast on many radio stations, including those in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Among his awards are First Prizes in the Henryk Szeryng Competition, the Parisot-Friedman International Competition, and the Cavallaro International Competition for a two-year Fellowship to Yale University. From 1983-1986,he was invited by Henryk Szeryng to study and tour with him, visiting many European cities. The Washington Post has described his playing as “intensely beautiful”.