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Mark Grandison : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Narratives and detours (solo piano) by Mark Grandison, from the CD Narratives and detours

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Mark Grandison (b 1965) studied composition with Richard Meale in Adelaide before moving to Sydney in 1994 to become Director of Music at Kambala. Music education has become a passion equal to his compositional pursuits. Thus he continues to write in equal measure works for youth and professional groups. Commissions have reflected this diversity, such as his Sinfonietta for Sydney Youth Orchestra and his Violin Concerto for Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Grandison's orchestral works have won national composition contests, whilst his works for symphonic wind orchestra have made the finals in European composition contests and received numerous performances there. His works have also received performances in New Zealand, South-East Asia, and the United States.

Grandison's compositions typically employ a motif of a few pitches as the basis for extended development. A childhood and youth absorbed in popular and jazz music often filters its way into his rhythmic language. Whilst often limiting his initial compositional resources this way, his music nevertheless aspires to create an experience that is visceral, sensual, and dramatic.

Mark Grandison — current to February 2016

Collaborated with

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (1987 - 1989)

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (1990 - 1998)

Sydney Symphony Sinfonia (2000)

Sydney Youth Orchestra (2003 - 2004)


Studied with

Richard Meale


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Burn : for violin and piano (2015) Commissioned by Janusz Wawrowski.
Tessellations : overture for youth orchestra (2009) Commissioned for the 2009 Sydney International Music Festival.
Violin concerto : violin with orchestra (2008) Commissioned by Rev. Dr Arthur Bridge for performance by Ars Musica Australis.
Cognatus : three movements for youth orchestra (2005) Commissioned by Youth Orchestras Australia Network.
Suite Bacchanal : for symphonic wind band (2003) Commissioned by City of Sydney Wind Ensemble, City of Sydney Wind Ensemble.
Sinfonietta : for youth orchestra (2003) Commissioned for Peter Seymour Orchestra.