Mark Atherton was a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra before he joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1983. Born in Bangor, Maine, Mr. Atherton earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the Boston University School for the Arts. He studied with Henry Portnoi and David Cobb.
Mr. Atherton teaches at Kent State University and formerly taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana State University. He has performed with the Myriad Ensemble in Cleveland and performed as a soloist with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra (Cleveland) and at Kent State University. He plays an Italian-made Tenoni bass as well as an American-made Prescott.
Mr. Atherton and his wife, cellist Linda Atherton, have three children: daughter Katelyn and sons Blake and Graham. In his free time, Mr. Atherton enjoys golf, biking, camping, and church activities.