Assistant Professor of Music
Mark Dupere is Assistant Professor of Music at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, where he is the Director of Orchestral Studies. A native of Arizona, he studied cello with Phyllis Young at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to the Netherlands to complete his cello studies with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Dupere specialized in Baroque cello and performance practice of the Romantic era. He completed his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University with Kevin Noe.
As a cellist, Dupere was a 'New Young Artist' at the Victoria Bach Festival, performed in the Leipzig Bach Competition, and was an apprentice with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London. He performed with many groups throughout Europe including Anima Eterna Brugge (BE), Arte Dei Suonatori (PL), and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (NL). Dupere performed in major European concert halls including the Southbank Centre (London), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Opéra Royal de Versailles (Paris). Dupere has appeared at various festivals including La Folle Journée Festival (Nantes), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Le Festival Berlioz (La Côte-Saint-André), Oude Muziek Festival (Utrecht) and Le Festival L’abbaye aux Dames (Saintes). He has worked with directors Mark Wigglesworth, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gunther Schuller, Bruno Weil, Jos van Immerseel, Robert Levin, Elizabeth Wallfisch and Ton Koopman. As a founding member of the chamber music ensemble Haagsche Hofmuzieck, Dupere performed and gave masterclasses throughout Europe and the USA. The group made several recordings and was a finalist in the International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg, Germany.
Dupere has performed on BBC Radio and Arte TV and has made numerous recordings. These include discs of Debussy, Ravel and Mussorgsky with Anima Eterna Brugge, Marcello Psalms with Voces8 and Les Inventions (FR) and a recording of the complete chamber works of Locatelli with Ensemble Violini Capricciosi (NL) for Brilliant Classics.
After many years of performing as a professional cellist, Dupere decided to pursue his great passion for conducting and directing. He was a conducting fellow at the Oregon Bach Festival in 2015 and is the Co-Musical Director of the Musica Redemptor Orchestra (Austin, TX), a period instrument ensemble made up of international musicians. He has conducted the Haydn Orchestra (The Hague, NL), the Choir of St John and St Philip in The Hague (NL), the Cypress Symphony (Houston), the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan State University Concert Orchestra.
Dupere is a passionate educator and hopes to impart a love of music-making and active engagement with audiences in the performance of music from all periods. His areas of research have included: tempo rubato in Romantic chamber music, and pedagogical approaches to teaching period performance concepts in the modern music academy.
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