Mark Ortwein

Mark Ortwein

Bassoon

Mark is the Assistant Principal Bassoon/ Contrabassoon with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He grew up in Las Vegas and attended Loyola University in New Orleans for two years majoring in bassoon and jazz saxophone, then transferred to Boston University and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance. While in Boston, he won the Alan Mark Roberts Performance Competition and was the top woodwind finalist for the Boston Pops Concerto Competition on bassoon. Mark played for one season with the Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra then joined the United States Air Force Band at March AFB in California as a saxophonist (and woodwind doubler), then moved on to be the principal bassoonist with the United States Air Force Academy Band. He moved to Cincinnati and received his Masters in Bassoon Performance at CCM. Ortwein’s teachers include William Winstead, Matthew Ruggiero, Crawford Best, Yoshi Ishikawa, and Jon Beebe. Mark is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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