Marko graduated from the Royal College of Music (London) with a BMus in 2009. He attained his Masters in Chamber Music from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, during which time he also performed his Barbican debut in 2012. At 16 he was invited and awarded a scholarship to study with Prof. Pavel Vernikov at the “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole”. Marko has been awarded first prize in several international competitions including “Performing Australian Music” (London, 2008), “Giovanni Batista Pergolesi” (Italy, 2003) and “Peter Konjovich” (Yugoslavia, 2001). He has appeared as a soloist with “Kensington Sinfonia” (UK), “Orchestra dei Ragazzi” (Italy), “Bitola Chamber Orchestra” and “National Symphony Orchestra” (Macedonia). Whilst in London, Marko received coaching from eminent musicians and artists such as the: “Bedke Quartet”, “Chilingarina Quartet”, “Domus Quartet”, “Belcea Quartet”, “Florestan Trio” and many more. With his ensemble, the ‘Ristov Piano Quartet’, Marko performed in festivals across the UK, France, Switzerland, Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia. In 2010 the quartet was invited to perform the “Rombach” piano trio by P. Dusapin for the BBC Proms. Since his arrival in New Zealand in 2013 Marko is a regular player with the APO and ACO as well as section leader of “Bach Musica”. Marko in 2021 was offered a place and awarded a full scholarship to do a DMA research at the Wikato University in Hamilton, NZ. In 2022 Marko was invited to take the role of concertmaster with the NBO No Borders Orchestra)  and toured for their 2022 season. Also, with the Orion Piano Trio had a tour with 8 concerts around the North Island in New Zealand. With the newly formed Velkro Ensemble Marko in 2021 Marko released the recording of the violin and cello duet of the R. Gliere 8 pieces and in June 2023 had concert tour around Italy. In November 2023 they will be releasing the recording of the J. Brahms piano trio in B major.  

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