Mark Bjork Suzuki violin, is a professor of Violin and Pedagogy at the University of Minnesota School of Music and a graduate of Indiana University where he studied violin under the renowned pedagogue Josef Gingold, and chamber music with David Dawson, Harry Farbman, and Janos Starker. Deeply committed to the study and performance of chamber music, he performed more than 40 works with the LaSalle Trio in an annual concert series as well as in radio, TV, and tour performances.
Mark is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of Suzuki Talent Education. In 1967 he started one of the first Suzuki programs in the United States at the MacPhail Center for the Arts, which was part of the University of Minnesota at the time. Workshops, master classes and clinics, often related to Suzuki Talent Education, have taken him throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and Japan. His former students include concertmasters, chamber music performers, and teachers. Mark is the author of “Expanding Horizons: the Suzuki Trained Violinist Grows Up.”