CelloMarcia Bookstein

La Jolla resident Marcia Bookstein has been with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra since 1977. Ms. Bookstein also performs in the San Diego Opera Orchestra and has performed on a number of recordings. She is the proud mother of two adult children and one-half of a therapy team with a fairly magnificent dog named Lady Bird, and she enjoys bringing her music to school classrooms. She has played in several chamber ensembles, including an Orchestra-based group called the Silvergate Ensemble.

Ms. Bookstein attended UCLA and received her Bachelor of Arts at Northridge. She also attended USC – for cellist Gregor Piatigorsky's master class. Ms. Bookstein played principal cello in the Jerusalem Symphony (Kol Yisrael) for the 1975-76 season, and studied with cellist Jacqueline du Pré in 1984. She participates regularly and proudly in an improvisation class at Old Town Improv Company taught by her daughter, Jacqueline, receiving all the spiritual and social benefits and absolutely no special treatment!


Q: What are four of your favorite movies? 

A: My Life as a DogDefending Your LifeRobin Hood: Men in TightsThe Princess Bride

Q: What is your favorite travel destination? 

A: Anywhere my kids are (currently Stanford and Humboldt State) 

Q: What good books have you read recently? 

A: Being Wrong by Kathryn Schultz; The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor

Q: What is your choice for dining in San Diego? 

A: Anywhere Mike Winston is cooking. 

Q: Where might you be found on a Saturday night if you’re not performing with the Orchestra? 

A: At home with the doggies, Mike and a book.