Marina Pendleton is a Texas-born, Oklahoma-raised, world-traveling fiddler, mandolin player, and vocalist. Her music is inspired by many musical traditions, including Bluegrass, Texas-style fiddle, Swing, and Classical violin. Marina most recently has performed and recorded with Pittsburgh, PA-area bluegrass bands and played regular shows with multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Jim Scott in the duo Pendleton & Scott.
Marina picked up her first (tiny) fiddle at age two with the purpose of studying classical violin. It was not long before fiddling legend Jana Jae discovered Marina and her sister Emma Jane performing a classical duet at a Christmas party. With Ms. Jae's encouragement, dad Scott dusted off his guitar, mom Virginia picked up mandolin, and together they formed the Pendleton Family Fiddlers.
Marina's love of music flourished during eight intense years of performing with her family band. She developed her skills on the mandolin, fiddle, lead and harmony vocals, and performed over 500 live shows before graduating high school. Highlights from those years include playing onstage with Lyle Lovett, Mark O'Connor, and Byron Berline, performing at galas honoring Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Toby Keith, and making many TV appearances, local and national. Marina also won state fiddle titles in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado, and placed 2nd in the 2008 Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS.
Marina continued studying classical violin through college in Oklahoma, then moved to Pennsylvania and entered the bluegrass scene. She won the 2017 Pennsylvania State Fiddle Championship and the 2017 & 2018 PA State Mandolin Championship. She played the FIDDLE part in Front Porch Theatricals' professional production of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's bluegrass musical Bright Star in Pittsburgh during the 2019 season.
Marina currently announces shows through the mailing list only. Join the mailing list to follow Marina's musical adventures, and be the first to know about new video releases and upcoming appearances. Contact Marina directly for bookings.