Mark H. Lawrence is the Principal Trombonist with the San Francisco Symphony, a position he has held since 1974. He has also been principal trombone with the Denver Symphony and a member of the Empire Brass.
Born in Ames, Iowa, and raised in the Detroit area, Mr. Lawrence received his early musical training on piano and cello. While living in Detroit, he became, at age sixteen, the youngest musician ever to play with the renowned Detroit Concert Band, under the direction of the cornet virtuoso Leonard B. Smith. Mr. Lawrence attended the University of Michigan and The Curtis Institute of Music, where he received his bachelor of music degree.
Mr. Lawrence is an active soloist, clinician, chamber musician, and teacher. He has performed at the International Brass Conference, the International Trombone Conference, and is a frequent recitalist in this country and abroad. He has been soloist with the San Francisco Symphony on several occasions, and has been guest artist with many other orchestras as well. Mr. Lawrence is a founding member of Summit Brass, an ensemble compromised of outstanding brass players from across America. In addition he is a frequent performer with Chicago's Music of the Baroque.
Mr. Lawrence has given masterclasses worldwide, been on the faculty of Boston University, The Tanglewood Institute, the Music Academy of the West, and currently teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory, and the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute. Many of his former students have successful orchestral careers in the U.S. and in Europe.
Mr. Lawrence's discography includes recordings with the San Francisco Symphony, Summit Brass, Empire Brass, and these recent releases from Summit Records: The Golden Age of Brass Volumes I and II, featuring the music of Arthur Pryor and others with concert band accompaniment; The Complete Brass Music of Paul Hindemith, featuring the Trombone Sonata; two trombone quartet recordings: Four of a Kind, and Trombones Under the Tree, and his latest CD on dNote records entitled "Trombonology."