Dr. Mark P. Malkovich, III was acknowledged as an expert in the field of chamber music. As Artistic Director (formerly General Director) of the Newport Music Festival for the past thirty-five years, he brought the Festival to national and international prominence. His avid awareness of the international music scene and his idea of a music-making community of artists created a festival that really felt like a festival. His thirty-sixth season directing the Festival was in July 2010.
The list of international artists who made their American debuts in Newport under his patronage is legendary—pianists Bella Davidovich, Andrei Gavrilov, Jean-Philippe Collard, François-René Duchable, Dimitris Sgouros, Maria-João Pires, Valery Afanassiev, Jean-Louis Steuerman, Michel Dalberto, Igor Zhukov, Mikhail Pletnev, Ekaterina Novitskaya, Andrea Lucchesini, Pietro De Maria, Peter Rösel, Pascal Devoyon, Hugh Tinney, Alain Jacquon, Mûza Rubackyté, Constantin Lifschitz, Nikolai Lugansky, Klára Würtz, Gérgély Bogányi and Alexander Romanovsky; violinists Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Peter Oundjian, Raphael Oleg, Augustin Dumay, Ilya Kaler, Stephan Milenkovic and Marat Bisengaliev; violist Gerard Caussé; cellist Alexander Rudin; flutists Patrick Gallois and Göran Marcusson; clarinettists Emma Johnson and Carl-Johan Stjernström; bassoonist Kim Walker; baritones Peter and Paul Edelmann and Detlef Roth; contrabassist Alberto Bocini and more than one hundred other stellar artists and groups. He brought back to America, after absences of many years, such luminaries as pianists Maria Tipo, Dubravka Tomšič, Sergio Fiorentino, Dame Moura Lympany, Fou Ts’ong, Magda Tagliaferro, Halina Czerny-Stefanska and Vlado Perlemuter. Finnish baritone Jorma Hynninen was heard in Newport on his very first American tour. Bolshoi Opera stars Makvala Kasrashvili and Zurab Sotkilava first appeared in America at the Newport Music Festival over a quarter century ago.
Dr. Malkovich was a pianist of note himself, having studied with Dorothy Crost Bourgin of the Chicago Musical College, William Beller, Chairman of the Piano Department of Columbia University, and Adele Marcus of the Juilliard School. He is the former Executive Director of the Palm Beach Festival and served as President of the Chopin Foundation of the U.S. He was a popular lecturer and TV and radio personality, appearing frequently on Boston’s WGBH, New York’s WQXR and the nationally syndicated “A Note to You.” His critique of the 1985 Chopin Competition in Warsaw appeared in Musical America, and for two years Malkovich hosted a regional weekly radio program, “Sunday Morning at the Newport Music Festival.” He was Artistic Director of Regis College’s “President’s Series” and Bryant College’s “President’s Concert Series,” featuring many Newport Music Festival artists, and wrote a record review column for the nationally distributed Newport Life magazine. His lectures for Salve Regina University’s “Circle of Scholars” and his presentation “300 Years of Western Music” at the Naval War College garnered rave reviews as did those at the Boston Symphony, Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, Connecticut College and the South Coast Opera Club in Somerset, Massachusetts. Currently, he hosted a weekly one-hour radio program on Classical 95.9 WCRI-FM Rhode Island (classical959.com) entitled “My Music,” Sunday nights from 8-9 p.m.