Mark John McEncroe
Born in Sydney, Australia, Mark John McEncroe had a varied interest in many kinds of music that led him to working in the music/record business for EMI Records in his early 20s and 30s. For much of that time he was a Label Manager, first with EMI Australia and then with EMI Sweden, and it was during this period that he commenced his music studies with lessons in piano, trumpet, flute and later the clarinet.
At age 37 McEncroe studied piano in earnest under Will Scarlett in Sydney, continuing lesson with Valerie Fawcett and then Helen Kennedy, after Will Scarlett’s death. During this time McEncroe developed an interest in composition that was to become his all consuming passion and main focus. To this end, in 2003 he began his study of music theory and composition with Margaret Brandman in Sydney, which continued until 2012.
In 2006 he collaborated with Mark J Saliba who orchestrated a piano work from McEncroe’s Symphonic Poem, The Passing. This work was later recorded and performed by The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in The Czech Republic. Since then Saliba has orchestrated much of McEncroe’s material from his piano works and piano reductions. During this time McEncroe has been studying orchestration with Saliba, and more recently, commenced lessons with Australian composer, Houston Dunleavy.
To date McEncroe has recorded and released two piano CDs, “Reflections & Recollections”, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 with pianist, Helen Kennedy. He has also released his Fanfare Suite for orchestra; two Symphonic Poems: The Passing and A Celebration of The Natural World on the CD “Affirmations & Aspirations” recorded in The Czech Republic with The Janacek Philharmonic conducted by Anthony Armore. Over the last few years McEncroe has recorded many works with The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Anthony Armore.
In 2016 McEncroe signed with Parma Recordings in the USA, to release his next CD “Dark Clouds In Life” which will feature his work for piano and orchestra Natalie’s Suite - Three Faces of Addiction, and Symphonic Poem - Echoes from A Haunted Past, together with pieces from his piano volumes. Parma will follow this with the release of Mark’s Symphonic Suites No. 1 and 2 on a double CD.
Live concert performances of McEncroe’s orchestral works to date include Symphonic Poem - The Passing performed by The Janacek Philharmonic with conductor Anthony Armore; Symphonic Suite No. 1 under conductor Mathias Foerster and Symphonic Suites No. 1 and No. 2 featuring The Rousse Philharmonic conducted by Nayden Todorov.
All of McEncroe’s compositions are published by Wirripang.
Mark takes his inspiration from all genres of musical endeavours. His aim is to create an emotional response to his compositions, as is echoed in the titles of works.
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