Before coming to Stanford to study musicology, Marcus Zagorski studied composition at McGill University in Canada. He currently teaches at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he offers courses in music history, aesthetics, analysis, composition, and Central European history.
His research interests include music after 1945, aesthetics, the history of music theory, and the history and culture of Central Europe. His writing has appeared in numerous journals, including The Journal of Musicology, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Acta Musicologica, Studia Musicologica, the International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of
Music, Tempo, Slovenská hudba, Hudba-Integrácie-Interpretácie, Hudobný život, Musicologica Istropolitana, and in several book chapters. He is also active as a composer and translator. His research and teaching have received grants and awards, including Stanford's Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching.