Mark Bennett - trumpet

Mark Bennett
Mark Bennett won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London, where he studied with Michael Laird. Whilst there he was awarded the Royal College Brass prize and also became interested in the natural trumpet and baroque performance practice.

He has performed and toured extensively with many leading modern and period instrument orchestras and ensembles, including the English Concert, London Brass and Baroque Brass of London, as well as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The English Baroque Soloists.

Bach's Brandenburg concerto no. 2 Mark has recorded seven times. The first time being when he was just 21 with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Other recordings of this piece include; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Hanover Band and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.Mark has made many solo recordings on both the modern and the baroque trumpets. These include Haydn's Trumpet concerto, Fasch concerto, Vivaldi Concerto for 2 trumpets and Telemann Tafel Music, all with Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert for Deutsche Gramophone archive. He has recorded 2 solo recordings with the Purcell Quartet. A Purcell collection and Biber's Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Audis Sevientes.

Mark was a professor at the Royal Collage of Music between 1990 and 2000 teaching both modern and baroque trumpet. He has been involved in many different types of music making, including playing principal trumpet with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Mark played lead trumpet in the West-End production of Cats for the last 2 years of it's life in London, and has also played on over one hundred feature films, including "Shakespeare in Love" and "Stargate". Mark was a member of London Brass for 10 years where he recorded many solo brass pieces.Including works by Marini,Gabrieli and Purcell. Mark has worked with many conductors including, Esa Pekka Salonen, Claus Tennstedt, Franz Bruggen , Sir Roger Norrington, William Christie, Ton Koopman Iona Brown, Christopher Hogwood, Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Herreweghe, and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

In the last ten years Mark has built a good relationship with Norway, working with the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, the Oslo Baroque Orchestra and as soloist with Terje Tønnesen and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. He has also appeared in the Oslo Chamber Music Festival playing Brandenburg concerto no. 2.