Mark is Artistic Director and Head of Brass at the Royal Academy of Music. He is also currently the Principal Trumpet in the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and has performed as a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and Buckingham Palace. Mark was born in Cornwall and began his musical life in the county’s renowned brass bands. He studied at the Birmingham School of Music with John Wilbraham and later with Håkan Hardenberger. His professional career began as Principal Trumpet at Opera North and continued at the Bournemouth Symphony and the Philharmonia. He has given masterclasses throughout Europe, the Far-East, South America and Australasia. Mark held the Principal trumpet position in the Philharmonia Orchestra for 21 years, and is a member of the internationally acclaimed chamber group, the Nash Ensemble. He has appeared as a soloist with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in Germany and London and at the Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble. In his leisure time Mark is a keen sportsman, competing in triathlons and ultra marathons and is a qualified ski instructor, personal trainer and mountain bike instructor.
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