Marina Kifferstein is a violinist and composer based in New York. Equally comfortable in major international venues and smaller spaces, she enjoys a diverse career that encompasses chamber music, orchestra, and solo performances. She is a founding member of TAK ensemble and The Rhythm Method string quartet, and is a regular guest with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Wet Ink, and Talea.
A strong supporter of new music, Kifferstein has performed and commissioned an extensive repertoire of music by living composers. She has worked closely with 20th-century masters such as Helmut Lachenmann and the late Pierre Boulez, as well as a multitude of composers ranging from early career to highly acclaimed; as a soloist and chamber musician, she has premiered hundreds of new works. Her own compositions have been performed across the U.S. and Europe. Kifferstein has been a featured performer at international music festivals including the Festival Musiques Démesurées in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Musiikin Aika in Viitasaari, Finland, and the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. She has held residencies with TAK and the Rhythm Method at major universities across the U.S. and Europe, including Columbia and New York University, and Zürich Hochschule der Künst.
Kiffersteinis currently a D.M.A. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds an M.M. in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a B.M. in Violin from Oberlin Conservatory, and a B.A. in English from
Oberlin College. She is on violin faculty at the United Nations International School and the Composers Conference.