Marcus Elliot Gaved was born in London in 1998 to English/Chinese parents and began playing the double bass at the age of nine. Two years later he was accepted to the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with Caroline Emery, also receiving regular masterclasses from Jan Alm, Paul Ellison and Francois Rabbath. He is currently studying at the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia under the tutelage of Edgar Meyer and Hal Robinson.
As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed in venues such as the Berlin Konzerthaus, Victoria Hall (Singapore), St John’s Cathedral (Hong Kong), Wigmore Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. Marcus is a laureate and prize winner of several international competitions including the International Society of Bassists junior competition and 'Bass2012' competition in Copenhagen.
Marcus is also a keen advocate of new music being written for his instrument. He has given world premiers of works by British composer Gareth Wood and regularly performs his own arrangements of pieces by composers such as Brahms, Liszt and Tchaikovsky.
Since 2017 he has been a member of LGT Young Soloists, an organisation for outstanding young musicians based in Zurich. Their latest CD featuring Marcus’s world premier recording of Jan Alms’s Two Poems for Double Bass, Harp and String Orchestra was released by Sony in early 2019.
In his spare time Marcus enjoys taking photographs.