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Born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, MARK KASHPER started taking violin lessons at the age of five. For about a decade, he studied exclusively under the personal guidance of Prof. Aaron Khnifel. In addition to being a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, where he was one of the last and favorite pupils of the legendary David Oistrakh, Kashper also graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory. As an assistant concertmaster and soloist with the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Kashper concertized extensively throughout the Soviet Union, Europe, and Latin America.
In February 1978, Kashper arrived in the United States as a refugee, and three months later won an audition to become a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In September 1979, he was promoted to the first violin section and was named the orchestra’s Associate Principal Second Violin in May 1986. In March of 1987, Kashper won high praise for his performance of Luciano Berio’s Corale in its West Coast premiere with the Philharmonic under the direction of Pierre Boulez. He has also appeared as soloist at the Hollywood Bowl and at the Ojai Festival, as well as in many New Music Group and Chamber Music Society programs. In February 2009, Kashper was the violin soloist in Joseph Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante, performing it with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Christian Zacharias at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
An active recitalist and avid chamber music player, Kashper performs extensively in the Los Angeles area and throughout the United States. Since the creation of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony in the spring of 1994, he has been the principal concertmaster and frequent featured soloist with that orchestra, performing throughout Southern California and in Israel.