Marimolin: Sharan Leventhal, violin
& Nancy Zeltsman, marimba
Marimbist Nancy Zeltsman and violinist Sharan Leventhal founded Marimolin in Boston in October 1985, performed their debut recital in May 1986, and were extremely active until they disbanded in 1996. They have performed together occasionally since 2015 to commemorate 30 years since their debut. In the decade they worked together steadily, Marimolin premiered 79 pieces, raised over $68,000 to commission new works (through numerous grants), and sponsored a composition contest for eight years which collectively attracted nearly 200 entries from around the world. The impact of the repertoire garnered by Marimolin has been substantial, particularly in the percussion world. The body of pieces composed for violin and marimba still outweighs that which exists for any other pairing of percussion and non-percussion instruments. Several of these pieces are now widely performed. The duo has performed across the U.S. and in Europe, and recorded three CDs.