Mark Schoellhammer started cello lessons at the age of 7 in Los Angeles and a year later began playing public recitals frequently as well as regular participating in competitions and chamber music festivals. At the age of 17 he won a solo completion at the University of California at Santa Cruz but elected to pass up a full ride scholarship there in order to study cello at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington under Helga Winold and world renowned pedagogue and soloist Janos Starker. In 2004 Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree in cello performance, and two years later his Master’s degree, also from Indiana University. Mark is currently finishing up his doctoral studies at Arizona State University under the guidance of Thomas Landschoot. Mark has been playing cello for 20 years and has taught privately in Los Angeles and Phoenix for the last eight years.