Composer Mark McKenzie
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 McKenzie 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, Alan Silvestri, Marc Shaiman, John Williams and pop icons like Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. He orchestrated Spiderman, 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 orchestrate his final 6 films including Sum of All Fears, Star Trek: Nemesis and Along Came a Spider. He also used Mark to compose additional music for the Robert Redford film The Last Castle.
Mark has composed 25 indie films with 23 commercial soundtracks such as Francis Ford Coppola’s My Family/ Mi Familia with Jimmy Smiths, Edward James Olmos and Easi Morales, the James Garner and Abigail Breslin family classic The Ultimate Gift, the Levar Burton directed film Blizzard with Whoopi Goldberg and Christopher Plumber, the western Frank and Jesse with Rob Lowe, Bill Paxton and Randy Travis and the IFMCA “Best Score of the Year” / Hollywood Music and Media “Best Indie Score of the year Catholic themed The Greatest Miracle. His score to Michael Landon Jr and Brian Bird’s 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 11 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 was recently released on the Sony Masterworks Label. Max and Me is being called “Staggeringly beautiful…a triumphant ravishing masterwork…an incredible tour de force…truly theophanic work…ode to symphonic beauty” and repeatedly “The 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.