After earning his masters and doctorate in composition from the University of Southern California School of Music studying with Morten Lauridsen, Pierre Boulez Witold Lutoslawski and others, Mark spent his formative years working behind the scenes as what Variety trade paper describes as “the go to guy” orchestrating for John Barry, Bruce Broughton, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, Alan Silvestri, Marc Shaiman, John Williams and pop icons like Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. He orchestrated Spiderman, Sum of All Fears, Good Will Hunting, The Mummy Returns, Men in Black, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Sleepless In Seattle, Nightmare Before Christmas, and the Academy Award winning Dances With Wolves among others. The legendary Academy Award winning composer Jerry Goldsmith turned to Mark to help him compose on films such as Robert Redford’s The Last Castle and Warner Bros Looney Tunes.
Mark has composed 25 indie films with 23 commercial soundtracks such as Francis Ford Coppola’s My Family/ Mi Familia, James Garner and Abigail Breslin’s The Ultimate Gift, International Film Music Critics Association’s “Best Score of the Year” and Hollywood Music and Media “Best Indie Score of the year The Greatest Miracle. His score to Saving Sarah Cain won the best score of the year “Best of Show” accolade and has been a top performer on the Adult Contemporary charts for over 10 years. Mark’s most recent score Max and Me for violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, Choir, Symphony orchestra and London’s Libera boys choir was recorded at Abby Road Studios and was recently released on the Sony Masterworks Label. The score is repeatedly being called by critics, “Staggeringly beautiful,” a ravishing masterwork” and “best score of the year.” Mark McKenzie is one of the very few movie composers who in addition to working extensively with electronics in his state of the art studio, composes and orchestrates every note himself. His original soundtracks continually garner sensational reviews such as in Variety’s “Eye on the Oscars:” “Mark McKenzie’s commanding orchestral prowess puts him among the foremost symphonists in Hollywood.” Mark McKenzie is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Composers branch (Oscars), a board member on large, bi-coastal composer’s organization, The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL), is a member of the American Society of Music arrangers and composers (ASMAC) and belongs to the BMI performing rights organization.