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Mark Coates Smith

Mark studied the viola at the Royal Academy of Music under the direction of John White. Whilst there he gained scholarships to study at both the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute and then consequently at the Aspen Music Festival studying with both Lawrence Dutton and Yizhak Schotten. Mark then worked in London as a freelance musician playing with CBSO, BSO, BBCO, RSNO, RTE, ENO to name but a few and also played in several shows in the West End. Mark was offered a job with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in 1995 where he has been ever since. A keen divermaster and pilot, Mark lives in Herefordshire with his wife Lorna and daughter, Poppy.


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