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Posted By Mark Tollefsen On October 17, 2013 @ 1:56 pm In | Comments Disabled
Since debuting with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at the age of fifteen, pianist Mark Tollefsen has fashioned an international career as both a soloist and chamber musician, performing in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russia and the Czech Republic as well as across the United States.
His performances have been presented within numerous concert series and festivals, collaborating with Grammy Award-winning ensemble eighth blackbird as well as members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. Recent highlights included a solo recital in New York at Steinway Hall, a collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet, a performance of Janacek’s Capriccio with the CCM Brass Choir, and a performance of Loeffler’s Deux Rhapsodies with Lon Bussell and Christian Colberg at the 2012 IDRS Conference. He has recorded for Ablaze Records, Blue Shore Music, and Rick Sowash Publishing Co.
As the pianist for the CCM Chamber Players, Dr. Tollefsen’s talents were frequently called upon for concerto performances, including in an appearance at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and as part of the University of Cincinnati’s 2011 Chamber Music Series. Other concerto engagements have occurred with the CCM Wind Symphony, the Washington University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Accent09 Ensemble, and the Queen City Quartet.
Praised for his “tremendously lucid and effortless performances,” Dr. Tollefsen has been a strong advocate of new music. This advocacy has included performances of nearly one hundred works by living composers and more than a dozen world or regional premieres. A native of St. Louis, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters of Music and Doctor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, under the guidance of Michael Chertock. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Kentucky State University. For more information, visit his website at www.marktollefsen.com.
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