As well as being principal trumpet of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with whom he plays regularly as a soloist, Mark is a champion of new music and plays as a guest principal with orchestras across the UK such as London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Creative Scotland winner 2003, Mark O’Keeffe has held the post of principal trumpet with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since December 1996. He is a native of County Cork, Ireland, where he began his musical studies at the age of seven.
In 1992, Mark was chosen as the winner of the RTE Musician of the Future competition. He was subsequently appointed Associate Principal Trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, a post he held for four years.
He has appeared as soloist with the BBCSSO performing new works by Judith Bingham, Mark Anthony Turnage, Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies, as well as concertos by Telemann, Hummel and Shostakovich.
In addition to his career with the BBCSSO, he is a committed chamber musician playing with ensembles which share his passion for new music, including guest Principal Trumpet with London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra.
Mark teaches at the RCS Glasgow where he has completed, with distinction, a Masters degree in trumpet performance and is a visiting professor at the RNCM.
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