Mark Bridges enjoys a diverse life as a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, recording artist and teacher. A native of the Boston area, Mark received his bachelors degree in cello performance from Boston University where he studied cello with David Soyer and Leslie Parnas. He received his M.M. and Orchestral Studies Diploma from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliot and served as an orchestral fellow and member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where as a student of Uri Vardi.
Mark has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra cello section since 2016 and was appointed assistant principal cello in September 2018. As a chamber musician, he has been coached by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Pro Arte and Brentano String Quartets among others. He has performed chamber music with members of the Muir, Pro Arte, and Borodin String Quartets and attended the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar and the Banff Chamber Music residency. Mark is a core member of Madison's Willy Street Chamber Players and has been an artist at the Token Creek festival. He has also been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre(2008, 2014) and at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (2016) as a member of High Plains with composer Scott Morgan.
Mark enjoys teaching a private studio in Madison and, as a teacher, has been on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He is a chamber and sectional coach for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras.