Cellist Mark Evans has been a member of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Prior to joining the NSO he performed regularly with the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Saint Louis Symphony. He also held teaching positions at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Wichita State University, where he was Principal Cellist of the Wichita Symphony and cellist of the Fairmount Quartet. He appears extensively as a chamber musician in the Washington area, performing with the Fessenden ensemble, the National Chamber Players and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. He and two colleagues have formed the Potomac Trio, which was awarded a grant by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities/NEA, and has appeared at the Church of the Epiphany, Monday Night Musicales, and NSO chamber concerts on the Millennium Stage. Mr. Evans has appeared as soloist with the NSO at Wolf Trap, the Kalamazoo Symphony and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. He has been heard as soloist and chamber musician on NPR. He holds degrees from Yale University and the Indiana University School of Music, where he was awarded the prestigiouSemperformer's Certificate. His teachers include Fritz Magg, Janos Starker, and Aldo Parisot. Mr. Evans's cello was made by Wolfgang Schnabl in 2006.