Mark, Peter, American conductor; b. N.Y., Oct. 31, 1940. He studied at Columbia Univ. (B.A. in musicology, 1961) and with Jean Morel, Joseph Fuchs, and Walter Trampler at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (M.S., 1963). After serving as principal violisi of the Juilliard Orch. (1960–63) and the orch. of the Lyric Opera in Chicago (1964–66), he was asst. principal violisi of the Los Angeles Phil. (1968–69). In 1975 he became general director of the Va. Opera. As a guest conductor, he appeared at the N.Y. C. Opera (1981), in Los Angeles (1981), at London’s Covent Garden (1982), in Tulsa (1988), Mexico City (1989), Buenos Aires (1989), Orlando (1993), and other opera centers. He also was a guest conductor with various orchs. in the U.S. and abroad. In 1971 he married Thea Musgrave. He was awarded the Rosa Ponselle Gold Medal in 1997.
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