Violinist Mark Ericksen was born in DeKalb, Illinois into a musical family and the age of 9 Mr. Ericksen began his musical studies. After high school he attended Illinois State University where he received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Sarah Gentry. In his final years of study there, Mr. Ericksen received the Illinois State University Outstanding Orchestral Student Award for his leadership as concertmaster in the Symphony and Chamber orchestras as well as the Bernard Eichen Scholarship for most promising violin student at the University.
In addition to his university studies, Mr. Ericksen performed as a member of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago.
Following his undergraduate studies, Mr. Ericksen continued his education at The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University where he received a Graduate Performance Diploma and a Masters of Music in Violin Performance under the guidance of Violaine Melancon.
During the previous summers he attended the Eastern and Aspen Music Festivals where he had privilege of studying Herbert Greenberg, former concertmaster of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. While performing at the Aspen Music festival Mr. Ericksen had the opportunity to collaborate with David Zinman, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Peter Oundjian, Julia Fischer, and Charles Castleman. In the summer of 2010 he had the privilege of studying with Ann Setzer of the Juilliard School of Music, Assistant to Ivan Galamian, and Walter Schwede, former associate concertmaster of Seattle Symphony.