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. In 2010 Mark 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 for the 2009-2010 season. 

Mark currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin. He has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra since 2016 and was appointed assistant principal cello in September 2018. As a chamber musician, he has performed with members of the Muir, Pro Arte, and Borodin String Quartets, attended the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar and the Banff Chamber Music residency and has been featured on many times on Wisconsin Public Radio and the CBC, he has recently been an artist at the Token Creek Festival. Mark is a core member of Madison's Willy Street Chamber Players and has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre(2008, 2014) and at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (2016). He is a member of High Plains with composer Scott Morgan.