Isaacs, Mark

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Born: June 22, 1958

Country: Australia

Studies: NSW State Conservatorium of Music (B.M.), Eastman School of Music (MM)

Teachers: V. Plush, K. Williams, Peter Sculthorpe

Mark Isaacs (b. 1958) has achieved widespread recognition as a pianist and composer working in both jazz and classical music. As a jazz pianist he has toured extensively in Europe, Russia, Asia, the USA, Australasia and the Pacific performing at major festivals including the Tokyo Jazz Festival and Pori Jazz, Finland.

He has collaborated with some of the most distinguished figures in international jazz including Dave Holland, Roy Haynes, Kenny Wheeler, Adam Nussbaum, Vinnie Colaiuta and Bob Sheppard and has released many internationally-acclaimed CDs on labels such as ABC, Naxos and Vorticity. He was twice nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album in 2007 & 2009 and in 2008 one of his compositions received the award for Instrumental Work of the Year at the Australian Classical Music Awards.

He has performed as a classical pianist, conducted orchestras and as a classical concert hall composer he has composed more than 80 major works ranging across orchestral, chamber, choral, solo pieces as well as scores for film, television and the theatre. He is a recipient of a Fellowship from the Australia Council, a prize-winner in the Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music Composition, the winner of the inaugural Miriam Hyde Composer-Pianist Award and he received the 2007 Albert H. Maggs Composition Award from the University of Melbourne. Mark has been involved with programming jazz at the Brisbane Powerhouse since 2005, including curating the inaugural Brisbane Jazz Festival.[1]

Works for Percussion

Memoirs - Percussion Trio; Piano