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Mark Wolf : Associate Artist

Mark Wolf's music is motivated by extra-musical processes of invention. His current practice is focused on the paralleds found between music and architecture.

Photo of Mark Wolf

Over the past year Mark Wolf has enjoyed performances of his music across the globe. A recent winner of the ICon Arts International Composition Competition, Wolf was a composer in residence at the 2015 ICon Arts Contemporary Music Festival in Sibiu, Romania, where his String Quartet No. 2 The Flying Roof was performed by the RTÉ Contempo Quartet. The Flying Roof received its premiere earlier in the year in Brisbane at the first in a series of Music and Architecture concerts held at the Queensland Conservatorium. This work also achieved the status of 'Highly Commended' for the 2015 Australian New Works Award held in conjunction with the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Other recent performances of Wolf's music include Umbra-Penumbra-Antumbra performed by Kupka's Piano percussionist Angus Wilson at the Imperial Room Wynnum; 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); and In 4, a collaborative composition involving forty international composers curated by the Sydney based Music Box Project.

Wolf's concert music has received recognition through commissions by the 2014 soundSCAPE Festival, British Harpsichord Society, clarinettist Ona Cardona, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. His works have been premiered at venues such as Auditorium Città di Maccagno Italy, Handel House London, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the National Portrait Gallery and the Melbourne Recital Centre. In 2009, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra commissioned a work from Wolf as part of their Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program.

Mark Wolf is also and active film composer, having composed scores for numerous short films and animations, as well as music for television. His credits include: ABC TV - Inside Business and ABC Online - Catch Up and The Vault.

Wolf is a graduate scholar of the Royal College of Music, London, where he earned his Master of Music in Advanced Composition. 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. Wolf is currently the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award, undertaking his PhD candidature at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

In the pursuit of presenting temporally challenging musical experiences, Wolf's artistic vision is being realised through the translation of architectural 'space' into musical 'time'. His method involves developing and creating musical transcriptions of buildings, particularly of striking examples of modern architecture that possess unique spatial design qualities. Currently involved with a handful of exciting new projects, Wolf looks forward to sharing his music with wider audiences over the coming months.

In 2016, Wolf'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 Emerging Composers Workshop in April 2016 in Toronto, receiving mentoring from Steve Reich.

Mark Wolf — current to January 2016

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
A succession of madness : orchestra (2009) Commissioned for the MSO Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program