Tilden Marbit, a native New Yorker, started his musical training on piano when he was four. Later accepted into LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts for piano, Tilden was required to choose an orchestral instrument other than the piano. He never dreamed that the bassoon would soon consume his world. Tilden was accepted into McGill University’s School of Music as one of its first Schulich Scholars. He studied under the aegis of Stephane Levesque, principal bassoon of the Montreal Symphony, where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree. In 2011, he received a Master of Music degree from Mannes College in New York, studying under Kim Laskowski, associate principal bassoon of the New York Philharmonic. Tilden also completed his Professional Studies Diploma in 2014, graduating from Mannes College. In 2012, Tilden joined the graduate woodwind quintet SIREN, completing a one-year residency at the University of Maryland. Summer bassoon studies have included participation in the Orford Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Banff Center Summer Music Festival, and, the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Tilden has performed numerous concertos with the Third Street Music School Settlement as part of its annual Bachfest; in addition to touring with other opera companies across the United States.
In addition to his orchestral training, Tilden is an active composer and music arranger. The jingle that he arranged for the New York Life Insurance Company appeared during major league baseball games in the summer of 2010. In addition to regular performances with The Chelsea Symphony, Tilden performs with Bare Opera, Bronx Opera and the Hudson Valley Singers.