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Born in South Africa, Mark Friedman came to Canada at the age of four. A member of the NAC Orchestra since 1984, he played previously with the Atlantic Symphony and the Winnipeg Symphony. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Mr. Friedman studied with David Zafer, Otto Armin and Steven Staryk. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and has taken solo and chamber music classes at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Mark Friedman is active as a performer of new music and has recently appeared with both jazz and klezmer music ensembles. He has taught and performed at the Courtenay Youth Music Festival and the University of New Brunswick Music Camp. He has often performed on the Music for a Sunday Afternoon concerts as well as the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.