Mark Ortwein is the Assistant Principal Bassoonist/Contra in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He is a native of Las Vegas and attended Loyola University in New Orleans majoring in bassoon and jazz saxophone. Mark transferred to Boston University and received a Bachelor’s degree. Mark joined the US Air Force Band at March AFB as a saxophonist and later moved to the Air Force Academy where he was the Principal Bassoonist. He then went to the CCM for his Masters Degree. Mark has performed all over the world in many different venues, ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry and MTV. He has studied bassoon with William Winstead, Matt Ruggiero, Crawford Best, Jon Beebe and Yoshi Ishikawa. Mark was the featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra playing “Escapades for Alto Saxophone” written and conducted by John Williams. He is an active studio musician, teaches at the University Of Indianapolis, and plays in several Jazz and Rock bands. Mark is a Yamaha Artist.
I recently played the world premiere of a concerto written for me for both electric bassoon and electric contra (one player) and wind ensemble (with an orchestral version coming) with the Butler University Wind Ensemble. “Ecstatic Cling” by Frank Felice is a mix of classical, rock, jazz and fund with improv sections for the bassoon. […]