Mark Teplitsky, 23, born in Jerusalem, Israel, is a master’s student at Rice University, Shepherd School of Music and a graduate of the Colburn Conservatory of Music. As winner of the Rice University Concerto Competition, Los Angeles Center for the Performing Arts Spotlights Competition, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Competition, Orange County's Stars of Tomorrow Competition, Brentwood-Westwood Concerto Competition, and NPR's "From the Top" Competition, he has performed in halls throughout the United States. He has given solo performances with the San Diego Sinfonietta, San Diego Philharmonia, San Diego Camerata, Colburn Conservatory Orchestra, and Brentwood-Westwood Orchestra. Mr. Teplitzky served as principal flute of the American Youth Symphony and is currently a contracted substitute musician with the Fort Worth Symphony, Mercury Baroque Ensemble of Houston, and New World Symphony. This is his second summer at the Music Academy of the West.