ViewPoint is a series of interviews hosted by William Fitzpatrick, with important performers on string instruments in the US and abroad, on subjects of interest to string students, teachers and all others interested in string pedagogy.
Mark was born in Odessa Ukraine and a star violin student at the famed Stolyarsky school for gifted children. At fifteen, he emigrated to the United States and was immediately accepted at the Aspen Music Festival and the Juilliard School, where after winning competitions, brought him to the attention of Stern and Rostropovich. He has performed concertos with virtually every major U.S. orchestra and in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, South America and Japan. His major accolades include the Avery Fischer Career Grant, the first Frederick R. Mann Award, and Carnegie Hall’s first Isaac Stern Award.
Since 2005, he is president and artistic/executive director of Bargemusic, which is spoken of as New York City’s floating concert hall. The hall is located or moored as they say, at the Fulton Ferry Landing under the Brooklyn Bridge. As the artistic director, Mark has curated over 3,000 chamber concerts at Bargemusic which comes to over 200 concerts annually. Clearly Bargemusic is an innovative, influential, and integral part of New York City’s cultural landscape.