Mark John McEncroe is an Australian composer
Born in Sydney, Australia, Mark John McEncroe commenced music studies in his adulthood. He had a varied interest in many kinds of music, not just classical, which led him to working in the music/record business for EMI Records in his early 20s and 30s. For much of that time he was a Label Manager, first with EMI Australia and then with EMI Sweden.
At age 37 McEncroe studied piano in earnest under Will Scarlett in Sydney. Later he continued with Valerie Fawcett and then Helen Kennedy, after Will Scarlett's death. During this time McEncroe developed an interest in composition that was to become his all consuming passion and main focus. To this end, in 2003 he began his study of music theory and composition with Margaret Brandman in Sydney, which continued until 2012.
In 2006 he collaborated with Mark J Saliba who orchestrated a piano work from McEncroe's "Symphonic Poem - The Passing". This work was later recorded and performed by The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) in The Czech Republic. Since then Saliba has orchestrated much of McEncroe's material from his piano works and piano reductions.
To date McEncroe has recorded and released two piano CDs, Reflections & Recollections Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, with pianist Helen Kennedy. He has also released his Fanfare Suite for orchestra, and two Symphonic Poems – “The Passing” and “A Celebration of The Natural World” – on the CD Affirmations & Aspirations recorded in The Czech Republic with The JPO conducted by Anthony Armore.
Over the last few years McEncroe has recorded many works with The JPO and conductor Anthony Armore.
In 2016 McEncroe signed up with Parma Recordings in the USA. In March 2017 Parma released his album Dark Clouds In Life which features his work for piano and orchestra "Natalie’s Suite - Three Faces of Addiction", along with "Symphonic Poem - Echoes from A Haunted Past", and companion pieces from his piano volumes.
In August 2017 Parma released "Symphonic Suites 1 & 2 - A Medieval Tale" on a double album.
In September 2017 all the pieces from both volumes of “Reflections & Recollections - musical Images for piano” were recorded again in Rockport MA at the Shalin Liu Performance Centre with Japanese /American pianist Yoko Hagino. The album was produced by Brad Michel.
Live concert performances of McEncroe's orchestral works to date include “Symphonic Poem - The Passing” performed by The JPO with conductor Anthony Armore; “Symphonic Suite No. 1” under conductor Heiko Mathias Foerster and “Symphonic Suites No. 1 and No. 2” featuring The Rousse Philharmonic conducted by Nayden Todorov.
All McEncroe's compositions to date have been published by Wirripang.
His CDs are available through iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Wirripang, Naxos Direct, ArkivMusic and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and whereever you listen to your music.
“I take inspiration from all genres of musical endeavours.”
– Mark McEncroe