Originally from San Francisco, MARK GREY made his Carnegie Hall debut as a composer with Kronos Quartet in 2003. His solo, ensemble and orchestra music has been performed in venues such as the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Barbican Centre in London, Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, Philharmonie Hall in Warsaw, UNESCO Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Royce Hall and Disney Hall in Los Angeles, as well as at the Ravinia, Cabrillo, OtherMinds, Perth International, and Spoleto festivals.
Mr. Grey was The Phoenix Symphony’s Composer In Residence for their 2007/08 season where he composed a 70-minute oratorio, Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio, for baritone, chorus of 130 singers, and full orchestra. In 2011, Mr. Grey received three world premieres in three of the world’s great concert halls. The first work was for soprano Jessica Rivera and The MEME Ensemble, titled Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels), a Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances and Meet The Composer co-commission, which premiered at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. The libretto for this work was created by poet Niloufar Talebi. The second work, titled Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon), for violinist Jennifer Koh, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, and chamber orchestra premiered at The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Finally, Mr. Grey was commissioned by The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to write a fanfare for orchestra celebratingRobert Spano’s Tenth Anniversary as Music Director and Donald Runnicles’ Tenth Anniversary as Principal Guest Conductor.
Current commissions for the 2013/14 season include a chamber symphony for the Los Angeles Philharmonic to premiere in April 2014 and a 45-minute song cycle for soprano, tenor, and large orchestra to premiere in March 2014 with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano conducting. During the 2014/15 season, Grey will write a full-length symphonic work for The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to premiere spring 2015.
Mr. Grey has been commissioned by The National Opera of Belgium La Monnaie | de Munt Opera House to write an evening length grand opera which will premiere during the spring of 2016 in Brussels. The subject of the opera will be Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to commemorate the novel's 200 year anniversary. U.S. and international co-producers to be announced.
Mr. Grey was the first sound designer in history to design for The New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in 2002 (Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls which also won three Grammy Awards), The Lyric Opera in Chicago in 2007, Disney Concert Hall in 2003 and is the first to design for The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, for Adams' Doctor Atomic in October 2008, and Nixon in China in February 2011. His sound design creations have been presented throughout most major concert halls, theaters, HD simulcast locations, and opera houses worldwide.