Born 1960 in Magdeburg, Marco Reiß started learning to play violin from his father and went on to attend Halle's Special School of Music. Afterwards, he started his music study at the Academy of Music in Leipzig under Professors Fred Roth and Klaus Hertel.
In 1982 he joined the Magdeburg Philharmonic and has been a principal violinist from the first violins there since 1993. Between 1986 and 1989 he played occasionally at Staatsoper Berlin.
From 1991 to 1996 he initiated and organised Magdeburg’s ‘Chamber Music Sundays’ and was responsible for the ‘Classic Hour’ in the AMO-Kulturhaus from 1997 to 2000.
Marco Reiß was of co-founder Magdeburg’s Rossini Quartet and has led it since 1989, which has included tours of Jordan and playing at the Shanghai EXPO. The Quartet was awarded the Romantic Prize by the state of Saxony-Anhalt’s tourism association. Reiß has recorded numerous CDs, regularly performed on radio and was officially appointed ‘Chamber Musician’ of Magdeburg in 2013.