A widely respected and innovative musician whose virtuosity on the mandolin has crossed numerous genres, Mike Marshall rose to prominence in the late '80s after joining the acclaimed David Grisman Quintet. Initially rooted in bluegrass, Marshall has consistently explored all the possibilities of his stringed instruments (he also plays fiddle and guitar) through a myriad of projects and collaborations with musicians like Béla Fleck, Mark O'Connor, Darol Anger, and Edgar Meyer as well as founding influential bands like Montreux, Psychograss, and the Modern Mandolin Quartet. He made his solo debut with 1989's Gator Strut and would go on to explore, among other styles, Brazilian, Celtic, and eventually classical music. Also an educator and producer, Marshall went on to found his own label, Adventure Music, and release albums like a 2014 Grammy-nominated collaboration with the Turtle Island String Quartet and a series of recordings with his wife, German mandolinist Caterina Lichtenberg, including the 2015 classical duets album JS Bach.
His 2013 collaboration with innovative classical ensemble the Turtle Island String Quartet earned Marshall his third Grammy nomination. Around this same time, he became the director of the Savannah Music Festival's Acoustic Music Seminar, an annual event aimed at helping to develop young virtuosic string players. By this point, Marshall had already been an educator for some time, directing the Mike Marshall School of Mandolin through the online ArtistWorks company. In 2015 he and Lichtenberg collaborated on JS Bach, their second album together, adapting a selection of Bach duets for mandolin and mandocello. The duo followed up in 2018 with the more wide-ranging album Third Journey. ~ Timothy Monger & Craig Harris