Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden

Rite of Spring

ark Bowden is a composer of instrumental, chamber and orchestral music as well as music for voice, dance and film. His music is performed at festivals and events throughout the UK, Europe, South America and the US and can be heard regularly on radio stations around the world. Mark is currently Resident Composer with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He was the 2011-12 Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company. In 2006 Mark was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize for his first BBC orchestral commission sudden light. He was the 2006-2007 composer-in-residence at Handel House Museum. Mark is a founder member of the critically acclaimed Camberwell Composers’ Collective and was New Music Associate at Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge from 2008-2010. He was Composer-in-Residence in 2011 and 2012 at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden.

Mark has composed new works for many leading performers and ensembles including the Arditti Quartet, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Gould, Rambert Dance Company, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, the Ulster Orchestra, Huddersfield Festival, Oliver Coates, Jeremy Huw Williams, Kokoro, Aldeburgh Music, CoMA, the Spitalfields Festival, Ballet Black, Ostrava Banda, the Richard Alston Dance Company, the London Handel Festival, W11 Opera and many others.

Born in South Wales in 1979, Mark studied composition with Richard Steinitz at The University of Huddersfield graduating with first class honours and the university's Crabtree Prize. Supported by awards from the Countess of Munster Trust, the RVW Trust, the Arts Council of Wales and the Rivendell Trust he subsequently completed a Master’s degree with Julian Anderson at the Royal College of Music where he won most of the major composition prizes including the Cobbett and Hurlstone Prize for outstanding creative achievement. In 2002 Mark was awarded an RVW Trust Bursary to study with Errollyn Wallen at the Dartington International Summer School. Mark completed his studies by participating in several courses and residencies on the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh and undertaking doctoral research with Philip Cashian at Royal Holloway, University of London where he is currently Director of Composition.