Mark Wolf

Biography

The winner of the ICon Arts International Composition Competition, Mark was a Composer-in-Residence at the 2015 ICon Arts Contemporary Music Festival in Romania where his String Quartet No. 2 The Flying Roof was performed by the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet. The Flying Roof also achieved the status of ‘Highly Commended’ for the 2015 Australian New Works Award. Other recent performances include: Umbra-Penumbra-Antumbra performed by Kupka’s Piano at the Imperial Room Brisbane. The premiere of Miniature Structure No. 2, a bassoon solo for Devon Yasamune Toyotomi as part of the Vox Novus Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame Composer Competition performed in both New Jersey and New York City. In 4, a collaborative composition involving forty international composers curated by the Sydney based Music Box Project.

Mark is a graduate scholar of the Royal College of Music Masters Composition Programme. He received his Honours degree from the Victorian College of the Arts – University of Melbourne and his Bachelor’s degree from the Elder Conservatorium of Music – University of Adelaide. He is currently the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award, undertaking his PhD candidature at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

Most recently Mark’s solo flute piece Hamarøy Troll received an ‘Honorable Mention’ for the 2016 Cortona Prize and he was selected as one of six international emerging composers to participate in the Soundstreams 2016 Emerging Composers Workshop receiving mentoring by Steve Reich held in Toronto, April 2016.


Composer website:  http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/artist/wolf-mark


Featured Works

Go!, for soprano and percussion.

Inspired by brutalist architecture, Go! looks at the relationship between music and architecture. In particular, the notion of translating architectural ‘space’ into ‘musical’ time. The composition is a musical interpretation of the Xenakis designed undulating window panes on the west façade of La Tourette Monastery situated near Lyon, France. Examples of brutalist architecture are typically super-human in scale, contradictory and unapologetic with a predominance of exposed concrete construction. Go! intimately pays homage to the Brutalist movement, casting a light on its innate beauty. – Composer

Featured in Playlist 4: Visual Waves (30/4/2015)


Hamarøy Troll, for flute.

Throughout Hamarøy Troll two ideas are consecutively juxtaposed. The first idea is water, which is portrayed by descending chromatic figures often distorted by the use of a multitude of extended techniques. The second idea is the troll, which is represented by melodic figurations. At the beginning the piece is drenched in the water idea with only glimpses of the troll poking through the texture. It is also at the beginning the troll is presented in its most raw form. Over the course of the piece the water element gradually subsides, revealing the troll more and more as the melodic fragments become further developed. In the end the troll is completely revealed showing its true self just like a freshly carved sculpture.

Featured in Solo Waves – April 2016 (1/04/2016).