Praised as "fearless" (The Boston Globe) and "stunning" (The Brooklyn Rail), Marina Kifferstein is a violinist and composer based in NYC. She is a founding member of The Rhythm Method string quartet and TAK ensemble, and regularly appears as guest artist with ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, and the Wet Ink Ensemble. A strong advocate for contemporary music, she has premiered hundreds of new works, and collaborated closely with a wide range of composers from across the globe. She is a frequent guest artist at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, and often tours internationally; recent festival engagements include the Musiikin aika festival (Finland) and the Festival Musiques démeusurées (France). She is on violin faculty at the United Nations International School in New York City and the Composers Conference summer festival, and has led masterclasses and workshops at universities including Columbia University, New York University, Zurich Hochschule der Künste, and others. Marina holds a BM (violin) and a BA (English) from Oberlin College and Conservatory, an MM (contemporary performance) from the Manhattan School of Music, and is currently pursuing a DMA (violin) at the CUNY Graduate Center.