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"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”  
LOS ANGELES TIMES

I am delighted to endorse Mark Isaacs as one of the finest contemporary symphonists working in Australia.” PROFESSOR RHODERICK McNEILL Author: The Australian Symphony from Federation to 1960 (Ashgate/Routledge, 2014) & The Symphony in Australia 1960-2020 (at present on contract to Routledge)

"Isaacs, with every release, has refined his systematic approach to post-modernity jazz to the point that his sound defines what jazz should sound like at the advent of the 21st Century in the same way Joe King Oliver, Satch, and Bix defined New Orleans/Chicago, Basie and Ellington defined the swing era, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie defined bebop and Miles Davis defined everything else"
C. Michael Bailey ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)

"This wonderful cycle is highly inventive and inspiring, accessible to children and adults alike. Very enjoyable and touching!"
VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY on Mark Isaacs's solo 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
NEW YORK TIMES

"The great modern Australian pianist/composer is no stranger to Moscow audiences....pure, crisp and vehement...I never thought that jazz was still so much alive" MOSCOW TRIBUNE

“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

Mark Isaacs is an internationally-acclaimed composer, pianist and conductor in classical music and jazz, as well as being a film composer and songwriter. He has composed over 100 works, many commissioned by some of Australia’s most distinguished orchestras, ensembles and musicians. His output includes three symphonies. He has received many awards including an Australia Council Fellowship, the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award and the Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition and has twice been nominated for the ARIA Award. In jazz, he has recorded and toured worldwide, including with some of the artform’s most legendary international figures, releasing many acclaimed albums on prestigious international and Australian labels. He is also a trained and accredited telephone crisis supporter at Lifeline Australia, the nationwide suicide prevention service.