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Andrew Mark

Chair, String Department | Cello Faculty

Andrew Mark earned a B.M. and M.M. with both artistic and academic distinction from the New England Conservatory (NEC). He has studied cello with Laurence Lesser, Bernard Greenhouse, George Neikrug and Colin Carr and chamber music with Eugene Lehner, Madeline Foley, William Kroll, Louis Krasner, Mischa Schneider, Artur Balsam and Isadore Cohen.

From 1988-1991, Mark served as a U.S. Artistic Ambassador, giving recitals and master classes throughout Europe, Asia, Central and South America. Mark was cellist of the Boston Composers String Quartet (1987–1994) and The CORE Ensemble (1993–2000), a trio dedicated to the performance of newly commissioned works. Between these two ensembles, Mark premiered more than 100 new chamber works and collaborated with composers such as Donald Martino, Bernard Rands, Leon Kirchner, and Witold Lutoslawski.

In 1993 Mark was the winner of the silver medal at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (Japan) and was the recipient of MIT’s 2000 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts for innovative work in the chamber music field. He has performed at the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, the Newport Chamber Music Festival (RI), the Moscow Autumn Festival, the Schreyener Herbst Festival (Germany), June in Buffalo Festival, the Daytona International Festival, the Chautauqua Festival and Rockport Chamber Music Festival (MA). He is a frequent performer with the Portland Chamber Music Festival and recently made his debut with the Boston Chamber Music Society. As an orchestral player, he performs regularly with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and has served as an extra player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the Boston Pops since 1990. He has had the opportunity to perform with nearly every major conductor, including Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. As soloist, Mark has given concerto performances with the Florida Philharmonic, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, Waterloo Symphony (IA), the Yamagata Symphony (Japan), as well as numerous ensembles in the New England area.

Mark has served on the faculties of the Longy School of Music and MIT, and is currently a faculty member of The Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Mark has instructed master classes at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Sichaun Conservatory (China), the Sibelius Academy (Finland), Enescu Conservatory (Roumania), Nuremberg Conservatory (Germany), Reykjavik College of Music (Iceland) and throughout the US. His reputation as a teacher has been recognized by awards from the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education and by the Massachusetts chapter of the American String Teachers' Association (2008 Studio Teacher of the Year). His recordings can be heard on the New World, Koch, Albany, Dorian, CRI, Ongaku and Neuma labels.

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