Violinist Mark Gothoni started his musical training at the age of six at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and subsequently became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco in Munich. Additionally, he received important impulses from Shmuel Ashkenasi in Chicago and Sandor Vegh in Salzburg.
A major prizewinner at a number of international competitions, including the Johannes Brahms Violin Competition in Hamburg in 1990, Gothoni was honored in 1991 as “Debut-of-the-Year” at the Jyväskylä Arts Festival, Finland. Since then he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician around the globe.
Gothoni is a welcome guest both as a soloist and chamber musician at numerous European festivals (Kuhmo, Pesaro, Ravello, Aschau, Salzburg, Vienna, St. Gallen, Charleston, Newbury, Brussels, Bratislava, Biarritz), as well as in Israel, the United States and the Far East.
As the 1st violinist of the Orpheus Quartet and member of the Mozart Piano Quartet he is enjoying a worldwide reputation as an excellent chamber musician.
He has been working also as concertmaster of the Zurich and Munich Chamber Orchestras and he leads the European Union Chamber Orchestra as its permanent guest conductor.
Gothoni broadens his musical horizon through composing and his compositions have received increasing performance attention in concerts and festivals around Europe and in Japan.
Besides giving master classes around the world he has been teaching violin at McGill University in Montreal and since 2007 at the Berlin University of Arts.
Since several years he has been actively organizing projects with the purpose of bringing chamber music to youth prisons.
In addition, Gothoni is the artistic director of the Festivo Music Festival in Rauma and the chamber music classes of the Savonlinna Music Academy.