Mark Grisez, originally from Fresno, California, is a first-year Trumpet Fellow at the New World Symphony. He has most recently performed as Acting Associate Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony from 2014 to 2016, playing in Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw, and other halls across Europe and the United States. He has also held the position of Principal Trumpet of the California Symphony in Walnut Creek, CA and played during the summers as a fellow of the National Repertory Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center. In May of 2015, he was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month.
Mr. Grisez received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance in 2015 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied under David Burkhart and Mark Inouye. While in school, he was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, was avidly involved in multiple chamber ensembles, and, alongside his brass quintet, represented the Conservatory at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for the Millennium Stage Conservatory Project.
While living in San Francisco, Mr. Grisez also performed with the San Francisco Opera, The Bay Brass, One Found Sound, and Nomad Session, an eight-member traveling pop-up ensemble of which he is a founding member. He has taught as a brass coach for the Stanford Youth Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and led masterclasses at Sacramento State University and the San Francisco Conservatory. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, curating a collection of fine pencils, reading too many books, and running.