"Your gift is so unusual...I enjoyed your symphony very much - a masterful piece, logical in the use of the material and very well orchestrated"
VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY on Mark Isaacs's first symphony

“The work of an artist capable of matching the rich elements of classical composition with the flowing rhythms of jazz . .the product of a splendid musical mind”  

"This wonderful cycle is highly inventive and inspiring, accessible to children and adults alike. Very enjoyable and touching!"
VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY on Mark Isaacs's piano cycle Children's Songs

"With each new release Mark finds a new angle of addressing his prodigious talents...there is a sophisticated musicality at work that is special and rare...A serious musician looking to solve deep questionsPAT METHENY

"Propelled by a winning combination of sharp rhythms and lyrical melodies"

“Here were dialogues to restore the faith. As the world crumbles into vulgarity, vitriol and worse, one felt blessed – privileged, even – to hear solo performances by pianists of the calibre of Mark Isaacs" SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 

"At heart, the work of  a full-blooded romantic, though one with plenty of rhythmic vitality"  GRAMOPHONE Magazine

"In many ways Mark Isaacs's personality could be compared with that of Leonard Bernstein - the same boundless energy, enthusiasm for a broad range of music, pianistic skills and passionate concern for the performance bring to mind similar impressions to those I received from the few occasions I was lucky enough to work with Maestro Bernstein
JOHN HARDING Former Concertmaster & Associate Conductor, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a splendid musical mind”, Mark Isaacs has achieved widespread international recognition as a composer and pianist working in both classical music and jazz.

He has given recitals as a classical pianist, conducted orchestras and as a classical concert hall composer has composed more than 100 major works, many commissioned by some of Australia’s most prestigious ensembles, orchestras and soloists and ranging across orchestral, chamber, choral, solo pieces as well as scores for film, television and the theatre.

His music has received numerous awards and accolades, including an Australia Council Fellowship, the inaugural Miriam Hyde Composer-Pianist Award, the 2007 Albert H. Maggs Composition Award from the University of Melbourne, and the 2012 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition from the University of Newcastle. Isaacs has also been a prize-winner in the Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music Composition, and was a finalist in the 2013 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize.

As a jazz pianist he has toured extensively in Europe, Russia, Asia, the USA, Australasia and the Pacific performing at major festivals including the Tokyo Jazz Festival and Pori Jazz, Finland. He has collaborated with some of the most distinguished figures in international jazz including Roy Haynes, Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Adam Nussbaum, Vinnie Colaiuta, Bob Sheppard and Jay Anderson and he has released numerous internationally-acclaimed albums on labels such as Naxos, ABC, Soundbrush, Vorticity and his own label Gracemusic.

Isaacs has twice been nominated for the ARIA Award (Australian "Grammy") and his composition Walk a Golden Mile received the award for “Instrumental Work of the Year” at the APRA/Australian Classical Music Awards. In 2010 & 2011 he was nominated for several Bell Jazz Awards and for Best Independent Jazz Album at the Jägermeister Independent Music Awards. As well as his many original tunes for jazz ensemble, he is also a songwriter, mostly writing his own lyrics. 

Mark Isaacs’ first symphony, commissioned by former media executive Kim Williams AM, was premiered by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2013, and the TV program of the premiere – which Isaacs co-produced – has been screened on Foxtel in Australia and Sky TV in New Zealand.

Isaacs premiered his solo piano cycle Children’s Songs at the 2012 Adelaide Festival and recorded it for international release on the New York label Soundbrush Records. Children’s Songs was hailed by classical music luminary Vladimir Ashkenazy as a “wonderful cycle [that] is highly inventive and inspiring”.  

Mark Isaacs conducted the premiere of his Chamber Symphony in July 2015 at the City Recital Hall, Sydney, and in September 2015 he conducted the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in a program of his own orchestral works.

In 2017 Mark Isaacs completed the composition of his Symphony No. 2.

Mark Isaacs holds a Master of Music degree in classical composition and piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, New York. He is also a trained and accredited telephone crisis supporter at Lifeline Australia, the nationwide suicide prevention service. 

Full biography here