SummerFest 2020 Artist Spotlight: Deborah Buck

Jun 18, 2020 | News, Off the Hook Arts, SummerFest

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 Deborah Buck is an accredited violinist with years of experience performing as a soloist, music professor, and member of the renowned Lark Quartet. During her seventeen years in the quartet, Buck has recorded numerous albums and performed in the first quartet to include percussion, voices, clarinet, and piano in their works!

Buck grew up in LA and relocated to New York to attended The Juilliard School as a Starling Scholarship recipient under Dorothy DeLay. She moved back to the West Coast to receive her Master’s Degree at the University of Southern California (USC). While at USC, she was awarded the Jascha Heifetz Violin Scholarship.

Buck’s incredible talent first drew public attention when she started making appearances on television. Her violin solos appeared on nationally televised programs, including “It Takes Two”, hosted by Dick Clark. During her time in LA, Buck received several awards, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic-sponsored Corwin Foundation Grant and the Leni Fe Bland Career Grant.

In addition to her dedicated performance schedule, Buck spends her time teaching music classes to the next generation of budding musicians. Buck and her husband Anthony Mazzocchi are Co-Executive Directors at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont. 

For the last three concert seasons, Buck has been the Acting Concertmaster for the Stamford Symphony. “Before the pandemic world and my new post-Lark Quartet musical life, I was juggling performing chamber music with new colleagues in NYC, teaching and heading up the chamber music program at SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music, co-directing Kinhaven, and enjoying raising two young human beings with my husband,” she says on her website. 

Despite the spread of COVID-19, Buck’s music remains a source of joy to listeners during this uneasy time. You can listen to the Lark Quartet’s enchanting recordings online on Spotify, Soundcloud, and Youtube.

In response to the pandemic, Buck states: “I have always been an optimist, so I sign off by expressing what I know we all wish for which is a rich artistic life on the other side of this pandemic.”

She concludes, “for now, I will keep practicing, teaching, and taking care of myself and my family. I send my wishes of good health out to all of you!”

Deborah Buck Artist Biography Page