Mark Bjork is a Professor of violin and pedagogy at the University of Minnesota School of Music, where he offers a Long Term Teacher Training Program in Suzuki pedagogy and draws an international studio. A graduate of Indiana University, Bjork studied violin under the renowned pedagogue Josef Gingold, and chamber music with David Dawson, Harry Farbman and Janos Starker. Deeply committed to the study and performance of chamber music, he has performed more than forty works with the LaSalle Trio in an annual concert series, as well as in radio, TV and tour performances.
A past president of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Mr. Bjork is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of Suzuki Talent Education. In 1967, he started one of the first and longest running Suzuki programs in the United States at the MacPhail Center for Music, which was a part of the University of Minnesota at the time. Workshops, master classes and clinics, often related to Suzuki Talent Education, have taken him throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan. His former students include members of major professional orchestras, chamber music performers, teachers and many happy amateurs.
Mark Bjork and his bassist wife Nancy are the parents of two grown daughters, both raised as Suzuki students.