Marc Tooten (born 1957) teaches Viola in the Classical Music department at Conservatorium Maastricht. He also teaches Viola and Chamber Music at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven (Belgium) and gives masterclasses in France, Portugal, Norway, Spain and Hungary, including for the European Academy of Arts. Tooten studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Sweelinck Academy in Amsterdam and was principal soloist with the I Fiamminghi chamber orchestra, the Beethoven Academy and the Brabants Orkest Eindhoven. He is often invited to perform as a soloist with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic in Hilversum, philharmonie zuidnederland, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and the Orqustra Ciudad de Granada.
Tooten is a member of the Arriaga String Quartet. His primary musical interest is chamber music, a field in which he has gained international acclaim: “He masters the entire chamber music literature which he cherishes with flexibility and adaptability”. Together with the Salzburger Solisten, he has taken part in the most renowned chamber music festivals in Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland. Among the musicians with whom he has collaborated are Abdel Rachman El Bacha, Edouard Brunner, Andras Adorjan and Martin Lovett. With the Arriaga string quartet, Marc Tooten has also collaborated with renowned musicians, including Martha Argerich, Boris Berezovsky and Itamar Golan. In 2009, he founded the Trio Tooten, together with violinist Orsolya Horvàth and violoncellist Luc Tooten.
As a musician and producer, Marc Tooten has collaborated on music theatre productions and recorded many CDs. His recordings include the lighter repertoire of Johan Verminnen, Clouseau, Kane, and Rocco Granata. With the Hermes Ensemble he specialises in contemporary music, and has recorded many CDs. Grammophone magazine praised Marc Tooten for his beautiful, warm recording of Raga III (Wim Hendrickx). Read more on: http://marctooten.com