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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

Photo of Mark Grandison

Photo: UNSW

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 became a passion equal to his compositional pursuits, as he continued 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 and chamber works have won numerous national composition contests, whilst his works for wind orchestra have made the finals in several European composition contests and received many performances there. His works have also received performances in New Zealand, South-East Asia, and the United States.

Grandison's compositions will often limit the initial compositional resources, such as employing a motif of a few pitches as a movement's entire basis. A childhood and youth absorbed in popular and jazz music will often filter its way into his rhythmic language. His music aspires to create an experience that integrates a core of developmental rigour with a surface that is sensual and dramatic.

Mark Grandison — current to October 2018

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 Degustation : a suite in 8 courses for string orchestra (2022) Composed for The Metropolitan Orchestra 2024 season
Digital sheet music sample Broken Threads : for piano solo (2021) Written for Composing the Future - Sydney International Piano Competition
Cellar door : for cello octet (2016) Composed for the cellists of The Metropolitan Orchestra
Cellar door : for string orchestra (2016) Written for The Metropolitan Orchestra
Burn : for violin and piano (2015) Commissioned by Janusz Wawrowski.
Tessellations : overture for youth orchestra (2009) Commissioned for the 2009 Sydney International Music Festival.