Mark Rodgers (Cello)

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Mark was born in Winnipeg into a musical family, where he first studied piano with his mother. He changed to cello early on and studied with James Hunter in Victoria, B.C., and later at Brandon University with Malcolm Tait while completing a Bachelor of Music. A Master's Degree from the University of Western Ontario followed, where he studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. During these formative years Mark occasionally performed with the Winnipeg Symphony and Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra as well as the CBC Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon and London (Ontario) orchestras. In 1981 he was principal cellist with the National Youth Orchestra on their tour of Canada. After graduate studies he was a cellist with Symphony Nova Scotia from 1985 to 1989. He then studied and taught in Victoria B.C. for a number of years before taking the position of principal cello of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra in 1994.

Mark has been teaching cello for nearly 20 years, including positions as teaching assistant to Tsyoshi Tsutsumi, and cello faculty at Acadia University, N.S. and Victoria Conservatory of Music. He is interested in the Suzuki method and has taken a number of this organization's teacher training courses. He also performs with the Red Deer Symphony and the Symphony of the Kootenays.