Double Bassist, composer, and author, and educator Mark Bergman currently serves on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is an active orchestral bassist in the Washington D.C. area and a member of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, and Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. He is the former Principal Double Bassist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Matto Grosso Chamber Orchestra in Cuiaba, Brazil. Mark spends his summers performing with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon and with Assisi Performing Arts in Assisi, Italy.
In 2006, Mark founded Virginia Virtuosi, a string trio dedicated to innovative chamber music programs and arts education. The ensemble maintains a very active performing schedule, won the first Yale University Alumni Ventures Award in 2008, and was cited by Fairfax Connections for “turning classical music cool.” The ensemble receives support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts to tour state-wide and has performed regionally at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art, Montgomery College, and other major venues. Mark also has extensive experience performing klezmer music throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. He recorded for Mel Bay publications and his performance on CD companion to Mel Bay’s Easy Klezmer Tunes has been described as “world class.”
Mark’s orchestral compositions have been performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Mato Grosso Chamber Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles. He received the 2011 Strauss Fellowship from the Arts Council of Fairfax County supporting the creation of Shenandoah Suite, a string trio commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of Shenandoah National Park. His many chamber works incorporating the double bass are often performed and he was a winner in the second British International Bass Forum Composition Contest (2002) and the Kappa Gamma Psi composition (1990).
Mark works as a supplemental educational developer for Oxford University Press creating advanced learning exercises and testing resources. He recently published a textbook about popular music with Cognella Academic Press entitled In The Groove: Form and Function in Popular Music.