Assistant Principal Bass
In addition to performing in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO), John Mark Pellegrino performs regularly in the Grand Teton Music Festival and serves as Principal Bass of the Peninsula Music Festival and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Calls from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra have allowed him to play, tour, and record with those ensembles. Other orchestral appearances have included concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, New York Virtuosi, and Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York. Before moving to Ohio in 1989, John was a section member of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Pellegrino earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, and he has served on the faculties of Ohio Wesleyan University, Eastern Music Festival (NC), Warwick Music Festival (RI), Kinhaven Music School (VT), and Chamber Music Connection in Worthington, OH. Currently, he is on the faculty at Capital University in Bexley, OH. In 2008, John was the recipient of the Ohio Private/Studio Teacher of the Year award given by the Ohio String Teachers’ Association. His students have won competitions held by the International Society of Bassists, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Ohio String Teachers’ Association, Interlochen Arts Camp, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Since 2007, John has been the Artistic Director of www.musiconthehillri.org. Additional chamber music performance appearances have included concerts at the Roycroft, Sarasota, Aspen, Waterloo, and Grand Teton music festivals as well as at Ohio State University's Contemporary Music Festival, Sunday at Central recital series in Columbus, and the OWU•//•NOW Festival of Contemporary Music in Delaware, OH. John was born and raised in Warwick, RI and owes much to his family of music educators/performers, private teachers, public school music program in Warwick, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra program under the direction of Nedo Pandolfi.