Boden, Mark David

Mark David Boden graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2008 with a First Class Honours, studying composition with Lynne Plowman and Peter Reynolds in addition to piano with Fazlidden Husanov. Mark continued his studies as a scholar with Kenneth Hesketh at the Royal College of Music, where he was generously supported by the RVW Trust and the Henry Wood Trust. He graduated with Distinction from the MMus course in Advanced Composition in 2011.

During his time at RWCMD, Mark was the recipient of several awards including the Dr David Harries Memorial Award (2006), the Eirwen Thomas Scholarship (2007) and the Composition Prize (2008). Since graduating, he has been awarded a Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal (2008), the LSQ New Music Competition First Prize (2008), the Composers of Wales William Mathias Composition Prize (2009), The Friends of the Music of St. Giles Cathedral Composition Competition (2010), the British Composer Awards (BASCA) Student Competition (2010) and the University of St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Composition Competition (2011). In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious John Clementi Collard Fellowship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Mark has been commissioned by a varied range of ensembles including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble, Bath Abbey Choir, Sinfonia Cymru and Sinfonia Newydd in addition to writing for the ABRSM Spectrum series. His music has been performed across the UK by a variety of different instrumentalists including Hebrides Ensemble, PM Ensemble, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, Camerata Nordica, Alissa Firsova and Xenia Pestova (Piano), Kate Price (Cello), and Carla Rees (Alto Flute). Several works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 including Six Degrees, Siegfried Stanzas and Fuochi Distanti. In 2011, Mark began a three-year residency with the University of St. Andrews Symphony Orchestra and in 2012 was appointed composer-in-residence with King Edward’s School, Bath.

From 2007-2012, Mark worked as a tutor in the Junior Conservatoire at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is currently a lecturer in Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and was appointed Sir William Walton Trust Junior Fellow in Composition between 2012 and 2014. Mark and is Artistic Advisor to Sinfonia Newydd and is published by Cadenza Music

            Future projects include the premiere of a new score for BBC National Orchestra of Wales as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival 2016, a festival which will also include the first performance of a string quartet for Quatour Tana (Belgium). Several other pieces will be premiered and toured in 2016 by a range of instrumentalists and ensembles including the Nexus Reed Quintet (Switzerland), the Lunar Saxophone Quartet (UK), and the premiere in Poland of a substantial chamber work, commissioned by violinist Bartosz Woroch.

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