Mark Suter

Associate Principal Percussion

Mark Suter appears internationally as a chamber musician and collaborative artist. He is the Associate Principal Percussionist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, which he joined in 2007. He also serves as the Head of Percussion Studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Since year 2000, Mark has performed, taught and created new works with Silkroad, the organization founded by Yo-Yo Ma to create music that engages difference. With Silkroad, he has performed in the major musical centers of the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Suter appeared on all six of the ensemble's albums; Silk Road Journeys, Beyond the Horizon, New Impossibilities, Off the Map, A Playlist without Borders, the GRAMMY®Award–winning Sing Me Home, where he also acted as an associate producer, as well as in the documentary film The Music of Strangers. In addition to performing with Silkroad, Mark has participated in Silkroad residencies including work at Harvard University, University of California Santa Barbara, the Rietberg Museum in Switzerland, the Aga Khan Museum and the Académie musicale de Villecroze in France.

Mark has held the Principal Percussion position of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra and was a percussionist with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. He has performed with the Honolulu Symphony, National Symphony of Costa Rica, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra as well as productions of Mama Mia, On the Town, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Guys and Dolls on Broadway.

As a chamber musician Suter has toured with Yo-Yo Ma in support of his Obrigado Brazil recording alongside Cuban Latin Jazz legend Paquito D'Rivera and Brazilian guitarists the Assad Brothers. He has performed with New York City Ballet, Essential Music, Persian kemancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider, Dance Brazil and the Indian cross cultural ensemble HUM.

Suter is a founding member of the world beat piano trio, The New Power Trio. With the Trio he has recorded three CDs: The New Power Trio, Echo Park and NPT 2004. The Trio has performed at such venues as the Knitting Factory, the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival and Grand Performances in Los Angeles.

Suter has appeared at the Spoleto Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Lincoln Center Festival and has recorded for Sony BMG, Harmonia Mundi, Koch International, Mode, In a Circle Records, BIS, Instant Encore and Dorian labels.

Suter received a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan as a Charlie Owen Scholarship recipient studying under Michael Udow, former Principal Percussionist of the Sante Fe Opera and Salvatore Rabbio, former Principal Timpanist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He received a Master’s of Music in Percussion Performance from California State University, Northridge studying under Brian Kilgore and the late Karen Ervin Pershing.