April 4, 2014
Residing in the United States since 1991, Mark Menzies has established an important, world-wide reputation as a violist, violinist, pianist, and conductor. He has been described in a Los Angeles Times review as an ‘extraordinary musician’ and a ‘riveting violinist.’ Viola and violin professor at the California Institute of the Arts where he also oversees orchestra and conducting projects, Mark Menzies is also very involved in various chamber music and new music initiatives in the Los Angeles area, including the Formalist Quartet, Trio Terroir, and so forth.
As a composer, Mark writes mainly for friends and colleagues. Recent premieres have included formatura for orchestra (in honor of James Tenney); dancing:~ on water for vibraphone/singer, chorus and orchestra for performance by Jodie Landau and the Cantori Domino choir; and swongering butterfly (also remembering Mort) for violin, clarinet and tape, with the tape part a collaboration with a composition of Brendan Byrnes, premiered at the Ensemble Sospeso “The Renaissance is Now” series in New York, spring 2012. In the summer of 2012, Mark was composer-in-residence at the Spiel festival in Austria for which he composed 11 works – titled 11 elegies and a love song – for the musicians and other artists (including the local cow population) participating in the festival.