Destiny Mermagen, violin
Violinist Destiny Ann Mermagen, winner of international competitions and awards, regularly performs in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, and Carnegie Hall, as well as many others across the US, Europe and Russia. Destiny has also worked with Dream Works and Paramount Pictures for Joe Wright’s movie, The Soloist. She is featured in the Partisan Pictures film, Defiant Requiem, and on the chamber music soundtrack recorded in 2012. In 2011, Destiny was featured as soloist at the 65th International Midwest Clinic in Chicago. She was a featured performer at the 2013 IDRS Conference in LA. She has been involved in various musical and educational productions with both National and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras. estiny holds a Master of Music Degree from the Catholic University of America, where she studied with Luis Haza and Jody Gatwood. Originally from South Dakota and in praise of her cowgirl roots, a recent barn-burner of her performance of the Franck Sonata was quoted in the Washington Post as “endearingly coltish.”
Destiny's favorite songs to play with us are "Appalachia Waltz" by Mark O'Connor and the "Super Mario Bros Medley." She says, "I love "Appalachia Waltz" because I first fell in love with music when I lived with my grandparents on their ranch and listened to them play country folk music similar to the Waltz...It's who I am! I then honed both my competitive and fine motor skills by being a Super Mario Bros champ and winning every game ever made. Really."