Born in Latvia in 1991, Mark Gilenson immigrated to Israel in 1992. He studied violin from the age of five, moving to double bass at the age of 14. He graduated from the Thelma Yellin School, where he served as Principal Bass in the school orchestra, also performing as soloist. He served in the IDF as an Outstanding Musician. He studied with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Bass Teddy Kling, and at the Schola Cantorum (Basel) where he specialised in Romantic performance practices and worked with local Swiss orchestras. Since 2009 he has been double bass coach of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and currently works at the Jerusalem Music Centre as programme coordinator. While also teaching double bass at the Raman Gan Conservatory. He is the founder and Musical Director of the ZeitGeister Quintet. Mark has received scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Mark Rich Foundation, and the Maja Sacher Foundation.