Mark Kaplan has established himself as one of the leading violinists of his generation. His consummate artistry has resulted in solo engagements with nearly every major US and Canadian orchestra, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Montreal and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. He has collaborated with many of the world's foremost conductors, among them Ormandy, Tennstedt, Maazel, Masur, Dutoit, Bychkov, Conlon, Foster, Gatti, Rattle, Robertson, Salonen, Semkov, Skrowaczewski, Slatkin and Zinman.
Mark Kaplan has also maintained a flourishing international career since his European debut in 1975 when he was asked on short notice to substitute for Pinchas Zuckerman, playing the Bartók Concerto in Cologne under the baton of Lawrence Foster. He has made highly acclaimed concerto and recital appearances in all the musical centers of Europe – London, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Prague, Zurich, Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Milan – as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
In addition to his solo music-making, Mr. Kaplan is also devoted to chamber music. He appears with pianist Yael Weiss and cellist Peter Stumpf as the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio, with recordings and concerts tours world-wide. Prior to that he performed and recorded extensively for two decades in the Golub-Kaplan-Carr trio, with cellist Colin Carr and the late pianist David Golub.
Mr. Kaplan has a wide range of repertoire available on CD. His second recording of the solo violin works of JS Bach was just issued in the spring of this year. Other recent recordings include concerti of Berg and Stravinsky, the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole and the Concierto Espagnol of Joan Manen, all under the baton of Lawrence Foster. His discography also includes violin concerti of Bartok, Dohnanyi, Paganini, Wieniawski and Viotti; the Brahms Double Concerto; Spanish Dances of Sarasate; various works of Bartók including the Solo Sonata; Schumann sonatas with Anton Kuerti; and piano trios of Brahms, Debussy, Dvorak, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saens, Schubert, Smetana and Tchaikowsky.
Since 2005, Mark Kaplan has been Professor of Violin at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and prior to that he served as Professor with Distinction at UCLA. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Dorothy DeLay. Mark Kaplan plays a violin made by Antonio Stradivari in 1685, known as the Marquis.