Mark has been playing classical guitar for most of his life having started lessons from an early age. Shortly after starting lessons, his father, a talented singer, supported his son’s progress by commissioning a well established local luthier to build a guitar for Mark using traditional materials, a guitar he still owns today, over thirty years later.
Mark studied classical guitar performance with Carlos Bonell and composition with John McCabe at the London College of Music, now part of the Guildhall Schools. He later had lessons with Gary Ryan (Royal College of Music), Graham Devine (Trinity College of Music), Jens Franke (Guildhall School of Music), Paul Gregory and Forbes Henderson. As a student Mark performed in many public international masterclasses hosted by other such distinguished artists as Roland Dyans, John Mills, David Russell and Berta Rojas.
Mark recognizes the importance of being alive to other interests, of having broad horizons. As such, Mark has training as a historian and philosopher, following undergraduate studies in History, Politics and Philosophy (BA hons) and post graduate studies (MPhil and PhD) in Philosophy at University College London. During this time he continued to develop his skills as a performer, giving concerts regularly throughout the UK. Before becoming a full-time recitalist, he had been at various times a part-time tutor in philosophy at UCL, a teacher of politics and history at Highgate School in North London and a teacher of philosophy and history at Christ Hospital School in West Sussex.
Mark has enjoyed a variety of successful musical collaborations with other musicians. He was a member of the Baroque Players, which he co-founded with his peers at the conservatoire. More recently he has performed as a guitar duo with Peter Rueffer, founder of The Pro Arte Trio and Music Director of the Dillington International Classical Guitar Festival. He is also keen to play with other types of instrumentalists, and is the founder of the Paganini Duo, for violin-guitar, with Andrew Wickens, formerly of The Philharmonia Orchestra.
Mark is currently based in Hampstead, North London, but spends the winter months in South Africa. He is a regular ‘wild swimmer’ in the picturesque lakes of Hampstead Heath, this during all seasons and whatever the weather. He also loves to intersperse his daily practise sessions, of which there are many, by indulging in his academic interests.