Mark Huggins is Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra having been named to that position in the l987-88 season. He is a frequent soloist in the Orchestra's classical, pops and education concerts. In the fall of 1997 he performed Piazzola's Buenos Aires in "That Latin Rhythm" pops concerts. In addition, he is actively involved in the Orchestra's Community Outreach program, performing chamber music concerts in outlying communities.
Before coming to Pittsburgh in 1987, he was a member of the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1981 to 1987 and was active as a soloist and in chamber music throughout Europe and in Japan. He frequently toured Europe with the Chamber Music group Ensemble Klassik. From 1979-1981 he taught violin at the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve and performed with the Trio de Geneve in Switzerland and France. In 1981 he made his recital debut in London's Wigmore Hall.
In the United States, he has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar and the Marlboro Music Festival.
A native of Palo Alto, California, Mr. Huggins began his violin studies at age seven with Jenny Rudin, and made his first public performance there at age 10. He studied further with Zvi Zeitlin, Dorothy Delay and Donald Weilerstein. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a performer's certificate. While a student at Eastman, he won the Concerto Competition.
Mark Huggins has made four recordings for Harmonia Mundi and EMI as soloist and member of Le Nouveau Salon ensemble in Cologne.
In Pittsburgh, he has been a member of the Carnegie Mellon Trio with Harry Franklin and Anne Martindale Williams, and has taught violin as a member of the Duquesne University faculty. Currently, he teaches privately. He is an avid language enthusiast and speaks fluent German and French.