Born and raised in Alaska, Mack Holmberg began his studies of the cello at age 13 under the instruction of Art Braendel and Linda Ottum. He was principal cellist of the Anchorage Youth Symphony during their concert seasons as well as their international tours to China and Australia where they played venues in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Sydney.
He earned his Bachelors in Music Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he was awarded the Premiere Young Artist scholarship with Faculty Award. During his four years, he studied under cellists Sharon Robinson, Eric Kim, and Susan Moses. Towards the end of his time at Jacobs, he had a substantial studio with the prestigious IU String Academy while learning the nuances of pedagogy from Susan Moses, Mimi Zweig, and Brenda Brenner. He has played in and observed masterclassses with great cellists Janos Starker, Richard Aaron, Arie Lipsky, Anthony Elliot, and Mark Kosower.
Mack plays a wonderful modern cello made in 2012 by Alaskan luthier John Osnes. He currently maintains a small studio here in Anchorage while continuing his education in preparation for applying to medical school.