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Brian J. Mark

Composer

New York 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). The American Composers
Forum recently esteemed Brian as an “intelligent, modern composer who
employs many media elements and does so with marked idiosyncrasy and
depth.”
Brian's music have been performed by many notable ensembles, such as the
BBC Singers, Chelsea Symphony, Signal Ensemble, Atlas Ensemble,
MikroEnsemble, Choral Chameleon, both the Ligeti and Esterhazy String
Quartets, Juventas Ensemble, Dither Quartet, members of the London
Symphony Orchestra, among many others. His works have been presented
around the world in festivals such as Bang on a Can, London Contemporary
Music Festival, Atlas Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Spitalfields, June in
Buffalo, i=u, Bowdoin, and others.
Brian has been awarded the 2016 Jerome Composers Commissioning
Program/Jerome Fund, and a recent commission from the Astoria Music
Project. He has also received multiple awards from SCI and ASCAP, New
London Singers, Ross McKee Foundation, Florence Gould Michael Iovenko
Memorial Fellowship, the BMI Henry Warren Film Scoring Award, and was
very highly commended for the 2016 Alan Bush Prize. 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. He has received Honorable Mentions from both the 2015
American Prize in Orchestral Composition and the 2019 Zodiac International
Music Competition, and was recently awarded a summer fellowship to study
Korean Music at the National Gugak Centre in Seoul, South Korea.
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. 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
was appointed as an Associate Member with the London Symphony
Orchestra’s Composer Soundhub Scheme from 2015-2017, which culminated
of a video installation premiere comprising of members from the LSO.
Brian has 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.