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Nicholas Marks : Associate Artist

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Nicholas Marks (born Melbourne, 1988) is a composer, arranger, and jazz pianist. He began playing piano at aged 9, studying classical repertoire and picking out his favourite songs by ear. He went on to graduate from Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music at Monash University with distinction, studying under the guidance of Marc Hannaford, Tony Gould and Rob Burke. Marks also studied classical repertoire with Dr Donna Coleman, head of Keyboard at the Victorian College of the Arts. He received further education through private studies studies around the globe, notably with artists Sam Yahel, Dave Liebman, Aaron Goldberg, Jean-Michel Pilc and Fred Hersch. He also studies with renowned aural-trainer and composition teacher Dr. Bat-sheva Rubinstein.

Since completing his studies, Marks has gained a reputation as a forward-thinking improviser and composer, whose musical vernacular reflects deep knowledge of various idioms and pushes the boundaries of what is possible. As a composer, he has completed a number of scores for feature films, TV productions, short films, theatre and online content. Notable works include his film score for feature documentary, Love Your Sister (featuring Guy Pearce and Samuel Johnson), which aired nationwide on Network 10, and his six arrangements of the logo music for Village Roadshow pictures. His works have been broadcast in public spaces such as Federation Square (Melbourne) and international film festivals. As a performer, he has written and recorded a large number of works with his trio project (Nick Marks Trio), ad-hoc improvisation groups, as well as neo-soul / electronic group Hey Frankie. He has performed at major international festivals and venues around Australia as well as overseas in New York, Tel-Aviv, London and Berlin.

Marks has been a recipient of Creative Victoria's 'Quick Response Grant' for Buidling Capacity (2016), the Australian Council of the Arts' ArtStart (2014) as well as the American Australian Association's Dame Joan Sutherland Award (2013).

Nicholas Marks — current to February 2016