San Francisco Opera
Mark grew up in Manchester, England and was taught by Chris Wormald, David Cripps (former LSO) and Hugh Seenan (former LSO). After becoming principal horn of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra he studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. During this time he performed in the televised finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship, winning the Silver medal. He has also been a finalist in the Paxman International Horn and Philip Jones International Brass competitions. Whilst at medical school he made his professional debut with the London Symphony Orchestra (aged 19) and was later appointed 3rd horn with the Philharmonia orchestra. He has since played guest principal with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Highlights have included playing guest principal horn with the Philharmonia in Bruckner’s fourth symphony at Carnegie Hall under Christoph von Dohnanyi. He is active as a soloist and has performed the Franz Strauss concerto with the LSO, Mozart 4 with the Hallé and Richard Strauss’ 2nd concerto with RLPO. He can be heard on numerous film soundtracks, including ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, ‘Antman’, ‘Chicago’, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’. In addition to playing the horn Mark is a fully qualified respiratory physician.