Mark Votapek, cello

Mark is based in San Francisco where performs with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Musica Marin, and at UCSF.  He was Principal Cello of the Hawaii Symphony beginning in 2015  and has been a member of the Maui-based Ebb and Flow Arts contemporary ensemble and Oahu’s Pacific Concert Artists International. He was Principal Cellist of the Oregon Symphony and  Associate Principal Cello of the Saint Louis Symphony.

In 2017- 2018 Mark’s chamber music collaborations included performances with Jon Nakamatsu, Corey Cerovsek, Anthone Arnone, Wu Han, the Galliard Quartet, Fabio Bidini, Sabrina Höpcker, Iggy Jang, and Joseph Swenson. His concerts have been aired on NPR stations across the US and his performance of Schelomo was featured on Performance Today. In 2018 he also appeared as cello soloist with the Hawaii Symphony in Dvorak’s famous cello concerto.

In 2013 Mark gained renown for combining music with the outdoors, giving a 27-performance recital tour from Mexico to Canada as he backpacked the 2700-mile Pacific Crest Trail. An avid outdoor adventurer, he continues to combine music and the outdoors.