Mark Suter

Associate Principal Percussion

Mark Suter joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 2007 as Associate Principal Percussionist. He also serves as the Head of Percussion Studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.

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 has appeared on six of the ensemble’s albums including the GRAMMY®Award–winning Sing Me Home, where he also acted as an associate producer.

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.

Suter has performed with New York City Ballet, Essential Music, Persian kemancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and the genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider among others.

Summer Festival engagements include Spoleto USA/Italy, Tanglewood, Smithsonian Folklife and Lincoln Center. Suter has recorded for Sony BMG, Harmonia Mundi, Koch International, Mode, In a Circle Records, BIS 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 Santa 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.