Mark was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. He studied violin at Auckland University with David Nalden before gaining a Royal Schools Scholarship to study for three years at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Following his study he worked for several years as a London freelancer. During this period he performed and travelled extensively through Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and The Philharmonia. Mark enjoyed performing and recording work with artists such as The Rolling Stones , Barry White, M People and Rod Stewart. Following the birth of their daughter Lauren , Mark and his pianist wife Cathy returned to Auckland to take up a position with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He has been an active chamber musician and director of youth string ensembles. Presently he is Director of the Westlake Chamber Orchestra and operates a violin/viola teaching studio in Auckland.