Piano, Keyboard, Brass, Orchestra, Composition
Mark is a concert pianist, composer, writer and teacher, who has premièred, recorded and broadcast many works by prominent British composers. He has published 65 volumes of compositions and editions for Edition Peters, Faber Music, Spartan Press and Europa Edition. 40 of his pieces have been selected for the exam syllabuses of ABRSM, TCL and LCM. He has various pieces within the popular ABRSM series, Piano Star, and co-authored ABRSM’s Teaching Notes for the previous piano syllabus.
His book, The Mindful Pianist, is published by Faber, with a Chinese translation due for publication soon, along with 2 recently co-authored books with Karen Marshall called The Advanced Pianist and 2 volumes of piano repertoire pieces entitled Teachers’ Choice. Soon to be published, also from Faber, is The Piano in Black and White, an in-depth guide for the adult learner and returner.
His book, Mindfulness in Music, is published by Leaping Hare Press in English and Spanish, and Mindfulness in Sound was published in 2020.
Mark’s PhD featured Liszt, a topic on which he has published articles in the UK and USA, and he has written hundreds of reviews for the prominent musical press, including International Record Review, Classical Music, Piano Professional, Musical Opinion and International Piano. He has written 40 Masterclass articles for Pianist Magazine.
Mark has given 300 recitals on cruise ships and appeared in the UK’s top venues, including five appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and St John’s Smith Square. He has performed on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Mark is an ABRSM examiner for grades and diplomas, also a moderator, trainer and international coordinator, having undertaken 45 tours to all continents. Mark was a piano judge for the 2019 BBC Young Musician Competition.
In 2021, Mark was appointed Chair of EPTA UK, succeeding Murray McLachlan’s formidable 14-year tenure. He is also Editor of EPTA’s flagship magazine, Piano Professional.
Virtual Adjudicating update:
Mark is happy to adjudicate virtually, having had much recent experience using Zoom in a variety of ways. He adjudicated the Southampton Festival in June, which made the bold move to going digital this year in light of the Covid 19 Virus, and also taught on the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School and Jackdaws Piano Summer School, both entirely online. In addition, Mark has recently given live Webinars for EPTA, ABRSM and in a Pianist Platform interview with Yulia Vhsplina, again using Zoom.