Mark Perlman | Northwest Mahler Festival
A number of conductors tout themselves as "philosophers of the podium", but Mark Perlman really is one - besides his long experience as a conductor, he also has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona, and is Professor of Philosophy at Western Oregon University. ;Dr. Perlman teaches classes in Philosophy of Music and Philosophy of Art (as well as many other areas in philosophy), and has numerous published writings in philosophy. His educational background, technical expertise, and performance experience in both classical music and jazz have enabled Dr. Perlman to bring a broad range of qualifications to conducting. He began in music playing guitar and singing, and at thirteen moved on to string bass, following in the footsteps of his father, David Perlman, who was Principal Bass with the Cleveland Orchestra. He began studying conducting in college, but was known even in his teenage years to use a chop stick baton to conduct in front of the stereo. He actually made his