Mark is an accomplished pianist, singer, arranger, and musical director, and has worked extensively on both coasts (and many places in between!). Originally from Ohio, Mark's journey has taken him from the University of Michigan School of Music to New York and now to Los Angeles, where he has lived for the past three years. He has received great praise for his sensitivity and collaborative spirit when working with vocalists and other musicians, but Mark is equally comfortable at the center of the action as a pianist/singer.
His work with vocalists is on display in multiple arenas. He currently plays as a member of several bands including the Ronnie Butler Trio, David Brown and the Delanos, Lori Pasqualino's "Live Project", and Mockingbird Calliope; he is in demand as a music director and accompanist for cabaret performances, musicals, and live concerts all over Los Angeles; and he has worked with countless singers to develop arrangements both for recordings and live performances.
As a solo performer he has performed at numerous piano bars and countless private events over the past decade focusing on several different musical genres including contemporary top 40, 60s-80s pop/rock, and the Great American Songbook / Jazz Standards. He grew up playing the songs of Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Harry Connick Jr., and Ben Folds and while his repertoire is incredibly vast the "piano guys" will always be first in his heart.
Some of the venues he's played in Los Angeles include Don't Tell Mama (where he was a house pianist for a year), Revolver, V Wine Room (including multiple month-long residencies), Rockwell Table and Stage, Fremont Center Theatre, Plate 38 in Pasadena, and a weekly gig at the Exhibition Room.
While living in New York Mark helped workshop and develop numerous musicals including the pre-Broadway version of Glory Days at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. He has created compositions, vocal arrangements and orchestrations for theatres across the country including: the Guthrie in Minneapolis, Harlem Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Shakepseare Santa Cruz, and others.
An accomplished actor as well, Mark's career has taken him to stages across the nation including Center Theatre Group, the Denver Center, the Guthrie Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the acclaimed US National Tour of Peter Brook's The Suit. His on camera work includes a small part in the Sundance hit "Dear White People", the independent TV pilot "The Band", and numerous shorts and web videos including "Fortitude", "The New Year", "The List", "Thanks, Obama", and "Charles, Your Hangover".