Brian Mark - Composer

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London and New York City based composer Brian Mark has been hailed as an “attractive and intelligible” artist (Boston Musical Intelligencer), whose work is “compelling” (London Jazz News), and “preserves the vibrancy and relevance of contemporary art music” (New York Examiner).

Brian’s music have been performed by many notable ensembles, such as the BBC Singers, Chelsea Symphony, Signal Ensemble, Atlas Ensemble, MikroEnsemble, Brave New Works, Choral Chameleon, both the Ligeti and Esterhazy String Quartets, Juventas Ensemble, and Dither Quartet, among many others. His works have been presented around the world in festivals such as the Bang on a Can Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, Atlas Festival, Spitalfields Music Festival, June in Buffalo Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, highSCORE Festival, and has had performances of his piano compositions premiered at the San Francisco New Keys Concert Series.

Brian has recently been awarded the 2016 Jerome Composers Commissioning Program/Jerome Fund for New Music. He has also received multiple awards from SCI and ASCAP, New London Singers, Ross McKee Foundation, Florence Gould Michael Iovenko Memorial Fellowship, and the BMI Henry Warren Film Scoring Award. He has been featured as a composer-in-residence with the Chelsea Symphony, the Bizarre Noir Theatre Company, and was awarded multiple artist residencies at the I-Park Artists’ Enclave, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Ucross Foundation. His symphonic work The Persistence of Time received an honorable mention from the 2015 American Prize in Orchestral Composition.

As a composer for film, his music for the Independent Short Film Misunderstood, directed by Pablo Herrán de Viu, was exhibited at the 2009 Screen Loud Film Festival in New York City, and the 2010 Festival Internacional de Cine Pobre de Humberto Solás in Habana City, Cuba. His collaborative work Sublime Oasis, commissioned by the East London Dance Company, was showcased at the 2012 Spitalfields Hidden Gems Dance Festival.

From 2009-2011 Brian was the Co-Artistic Director and Founder for DETOUR, a composer collective and New Music Ensemble, which was featured as “one the top five new music events of 2011” from New York’s Classical WQXR. He has also collaborated with UK’s record label Nonclassical as a concert curator, featuring emerging composers and artists throughout London and abroad. In addition, he has recently been appointed as an Associate Member with the London Symphony Orchestra’s Composer Soundhub Scheme from 2015-2017.  Currently, his UK based Ensemble in Process makes its concert debut at Iklectik Creative Space in Southeast London on 15 May, 2017.

Brian has recently completed his PhD studies at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Gary Carpenter.  He is also a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music, and Boston University.  He has received a graduate certificate in film scoring from the University of Southern California, and has also studied with Philip Cashian, Samuel Adler, David Conte, David Garner, James Russell Smith, and Howard Frazin.