Mark Morton is Associate Professor of Double Bass at Texas Tech University, the third largest university in the second most populous state in the U.S.. He was principal bass of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, in which he was a member for 23 years. He is also principal bass of both the Lubbock Symphony and the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestras. First-prize winner of the 1990 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition in New York, Morton has soloed in Europe, South America, Canada, and the U.S. He has been a featured double bass soloist on radio broadcasts including NPR’s “Performance Today.” Earning his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School in New York, Dr. Morton is only the second bassist to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the history of Juilliard. His critically acclaimed Thresholds and Russian Rendezvous CDs, have become reference recordings of standard double bass repertoire. He also shares a CD with bassist Gary Karr of double bass music by Paul Ramsier. Classical CD Reviews proclaimed him as “a most artistic representative of the new generation developed in the last half century.” His recent release on Albany Records, Bottesini Greatest Hits features Morton accompanying himself on piano, for which American Record Review says, “Mark Morton is a fine player on both instruments, and the music is lovely…” The DrMarkMorton YouTube Channel has garnered over 4000 subscribers and over 700,000 views.