MEW Conducts on Soundstage

Mark Wolfram brings over 40 years of experience as a professional composer, arranger, orchestrator and musician to every project he writes. He began his music education with piano and violin, but switched to trombone at age 10. Mark studied in Minnesota with Dr. Earl Benson from 7th grade through high school, at which time he also studied conducting with Vaclav Nehlybel and Dr. Alfred Reed as well as composition and arranging with Dr. Frank Bencriscutto at the University of Minnesota. Mark earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Northwestern University, studying with John P. Paynter and Frank Crisafulli. He continued his studies at UCLA and USC with courses in composition, orchestration, electronic synthesis, and film scoring. Mark studied composition privately in Los Angeles with Oscar-winning composer Leonard Rosenman and Dr. Mark Carlson. He was selected as a participant in the prestigious Fred Karlin/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop.


In addition to his ever-growing list of concert works and cinematic compositions, Mark maintains a multi-faceted career which has included arranging for Diana Ross & The Supremes, Peter Cetera, Kenny Rogers, The Irish Tenors, Cybill Shepherd, Chris Isaak, Joe Williams (see photo left), Lena Horne, Doc Severinson, Peter Nero, The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, and ABC-TV's Monday Night Football, among others. He's composed original scores for General Hospital, Another World, Riptide and Hanna-Barbera's The Smurfs, Jonny Quest, The Flintstone Kids and Captain Caveman. Additionally, he has composed for industrial films, thousands of jingles and underscores for television and radio advertising, and the concert stage. Mark's Interludes for Percussion and Trumpet is performed internationally and his Brass Trio (1988), which took Grand Prize in the 1989 International Horn Society Competition, is frequently performed on four continents. His instrumental works continue to be played at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as well as by the Medalist Concert Band, the Chicago Bears Band and numerous college, high school and community organizations.


Mark composed music for his debut orchestral album PIERCING THE CELLULOID VEIL, the documentary film SAVING EGYPTIAN FILM CLASSICS, and an award-winning score for the feature short THE INTERROGATION, an award-winning feature short entitled T For TERRORIST, incidental music for the stage play "An American Odyssey", Fox TV's Essence Awards, NBC-TV's Special Olympics Awards, and CBS-TV's Peoples Choice Awards shows. He orchestrated music for ABC-TV's "Gun" miniseries, and a Young Indiana Jones made-for-TV movie. Mark co-arranged & co-produced "Like Love" for Windham Hill Record's "Jim Brickman's Visions of Love". He also arranges and produces for Wrightwood Records artist Marilyn Harris (her CDs BETWEEN THE LINES, FUTURE STREET, ROUND TRIP, ORPHANS and 72 DAYS-THE KIM KARDASHIAN BLUES) and Windham Hill artist Jim Brickman, including Jim's Gold-Record albums By Heart, Picture This, The Gift and Destiny. He produced and recorded KOTO KEYS & A KOTO KEYS CHRISTMAS - Japanese Harp and Acoustic Piano Music for Meditation and Relaxation - featuring Mara Purl, WINDS ON IVORY - Exotic Woodwind and Acoustic Piano Music for Relaxation and Meditation - featuring Los Angeles session player Phil Feather, UNICORN'S JOURNEY - Harp and Acoustic Piano Music for Meditation and Relaxation – featuring Los Angeles harpist Stephanie Bennett, and AMERICAN JOURNEYS – Acoustic & Pedal Steel Guitar and Acoustic Piano Music for Relaxation & Meditation – featuring guitarist Sandy Carter.





 

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