Mark Van Ziegler is a bassist experienced throughout the spectrum of modern music: from improvised music to contemporary classical and original rock. He has over a decade of professional experience with performances in 19 countries on 5 continents and 45 states in the U.S. When he's in New York City - his home when off the road since 2011 - he keeps busy with a varied freelance schedule of jazz, rock, orchestral and musical theater performances.
He began studying bass as a teenager in Ohio and was fortunate to find a great first teacher in Kevin Switalski, of the Cleveland Orchestra. He holds an undergraduate degree (graduating with honors) from Western Michigan University, where he studied with Tom Knific, and a graduate diploma from the Peabody Institute, where he had two great mentors: Michael Formanek and Paul Johnson. In 2005, Mark was the first-ever jazz major awarded Peabody's Olga von Hartz Owens Memorial Prize for Strings. As a student, Mark was honored to learn from and perform with guests artists Danilo Perez, Sam Rivers, Leon Fleisher, Bob Brookmeyer, Bobby McFerrin and Billy Hart.
Mark has performed with a growing list of fine New York musicians and bands including Gato Loco de Bajo, Coconino, Jeff Hirschfield, Aaron Irwin, Danny Fox, Rob Cookman, Raquel Chavez, Olli Soikkeli, Mauricio Zottarelli, Jeff Davis, Logan Thomas, Taylor Faith, Austin Moorhead, Leslie Carrara Rudolph, Daniel Pearson, Ryan O'Neil, Mark Stuart Dance Theater, Micah Burgess, the Scott Anderson group, Michael Avedon, New York Holiday Choristers & Men Singing Carols. Having spent time in Baltimore, he has performed with Gary Thomas, Jacob Yoffee, Russell Kirk, Jon Birkholz, Devon Gray and Tim Murphy. Mark also shared the stage with contemporary double bass master Robert Black; NBC's 'The Voice' contestant Todd Kessler; and many Chicago musicians and bands, including Jeb Bishop, Tim Daisy, Jim Baker, Dan Effland, Salamander, Lacona, Derek Fawcett, Caroline Davis, Tim Mulvenna, and Daniel Thatcher.
He has recorded with Butterfat Trio, John Benthal, Tony Trischka, Micah Burgess, Todd Kessler, the Dan Effland Group, Lacona, Bob Wallis, Salamander, Jacob Yoffee, and his tongue-in-cheeck LOST tribute band “You All Everybody”.
Broadway credits include "Matilda: The Musical" (1st National Tour), "Spamalot" (Las Vegas), "Swing" (Japan tour), "Avenue Q" (1st national tour), "West Side Story" (International Tour playing 21 cities in 8 countries), "Cats" (tour of the Americas), "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (National Tour) and “Legally Blonde” (North America). Mark can be seen on the Warner Bros. DVD & PBS special "Hit Man: David Foster and Friends", featuring Peter Cetera, Brian McKnight, Michael Buble, Josh Groban and others.
Member: NYC 802 AFM and the International Society of Bassists
markvanziegler at gmail dot com
Matilda: The Musical First National Tour -- Bill Congdon, MD
Matilda: The Musical Toronto -- Matthew Smedal, MD
West Side Story International tour -- Donald Chan, MD
Avenue Q First National tour -- Andrew Graham, MD
Swing! Japan tour -- Robert Cookman, MD
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat National Tour -- Wayne Green, MD
Legally Blonde North American tour -- Robert Cookman, MD
Cats Tour of the Americas -- Michael Duff, MD
Disney Cruise Line Rapunzel’s Royal Table (as The Royal Revelers)
World Youth Choir Belgium & South Africa tour -- Stephen Zegree, conductor
Festival Eleazar de Carvalho Fortaleza, Brazil -- Principal Bass/Chamber Bass
Hadala/Garcia/Ziegler trio -- Krakow Radio Jazz Festival; Krakow, Poland
WMU Wind Orchestra & Jazz Quartet Brazil tour -- feat. Trent Kynaston
Monty Python's Spamalot -- Grail Theater; Wynn Las Vegas -- Wayne Green, MD
Mark Stuart Dance Theater's "Standard Time" -- NYC, Lancaster & Wilkes-Barre, PA
Miss Blanche Tells It All -- 2017 NYMF Festival -- Robert Frost, MD
Big: the Musical (Musicals in Mufti; York Theater, NYC) -- Eric Svejcar, MD
Madame Infamy -- 2014 NYMF Festival -- Keith Robinson, MD
David Foster and Friends -- Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas -- PBS/Warner Bros.CD/DVD
Children of Eden -- WMU Theater
Return to the Forbidden Planet -- WMU Theater
Gypsy -- Kalamazoo Civic Theater
Menopause the Musical -- Chicago/Aurora, IL -- Joe Hettinga, MD
While on the road, Mark has turned his passion for photography into both a creative outlet and an opportunity to document his travels. He has recently begun to branch out into portrait, performance, and headshot photography. More information is here.
Mark completed four levels of Upright Citizens Brigade training in New York as well as several classes at Second City in Las Vegas.
Plays: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille
On Stage: Mark Stuart Dance Theater: Standard Time, Miss Blanche Tells It All, Rapunzel’s Royal Table (Disney Cruise Line)