Mark Butler, violin, a member of the Chilingirian String Quartet from its formation in 1971 to 1992, toured world-wide and made over 30 quartet recordings for RCA, EMI, Chandos and other labels. He is a member of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and with violinist Iva Fleischhansová in a duo called Violins Two! In 2018 he returned to the Quartet as second violin.
Describe your approach to teaching.
Most of my teaching has been ensemble-based, and I prefer to take a pragmatic approach enabling those I coach to perform at their best and to experience the wealth of possibilities which I have been learning throughout my career.
What inspires your own work?
Although music of the finest quality is where inspiration is found, my greatest inspiration comes from those who were my mentors and those with whom have I have worked and played. The enlivening situation of working with or coaching a team of players helps bring to the fore everything that is good and worthwhile.