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Mark Sparks is the principal flute of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and has performed in both solo and ensemble roles in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia with numerous orchestras, including numerous solo appearances with the SLSO and guest appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Sparks recently performed the Rouse concerto with the Taiwan National Orchestra and will perform the same concerto on the SLSO's 2013 California tour. Mr. Sparks was associate principal flute with the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman. He is a former faculty member of the Peabody Institute, and has presented masterclasses and recitals in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Sparks can be heard on solo albums for the Summit and AAM labels, as well as on the St. Louis Symphony's recent releases and with other orchestras on the Telarc, Decca, and Sony labels. A new recording of French repertoire is planned for release in 2012. Mr. Sparks is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and an alumnus of the Aspen Music School, where he studied with Nadine Asin. Mr. Sparks has been an artist-faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School for nineteen years.

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