email • www.marklimacher.com
Canadian-born Mark Limacher is a Composer-Pianist currently based in Calgary, Canada. He is a graduate of New School University in New York City where he studied with Kirk Nurock, Ernesto Klar, Armen Donelian, and Evan Rapport, among others. In 2013 he served as apprentice to composer Bunita Marcus in Brooklyn, NY.
As a composer he has written extensively for piano, solo instruments, and chamber ensembles, being particularly drawn to small gestures, soft dynamics, and delicately constructed aural textures. His work is focused around an acute attention to the creative process and the discovery of new means of experimentation within the act of composition itself. In addition to exploring ideas such as of“found music”, patterns, silence/waiting, repetition, and grids, his work is also heavily influenced by his ongoing collaboration with artist and drawer Brianna Strong. His compositions have been performed in the United States and Canada.
As a pianist he has performed with groups and artists such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Theater Calgary, and cantor Alex Stein. He is well versed in many styles and genres, from Jazz and Classical music, to Musical Theater and Opera. He is an active member of the Calgary music community, and appears frequently at many venues as a freelance performer.
His diverse and eclectic areas of musical interest include the music of Morton Feldman (and the “New York School” more generally), the Wandelweiser collective, Sephardic music, Balkan & Middle Eastern music, and popular music of the early 20th Century.
2010 - “The New School,” New York, NY – BFA Composition.
2012-2013, Apprentice with Bunita Marcus, composer (PhD, University of Buffalo, SUNY)
2008-2010, Armen Donelian, pianist & composer (BA, Columbia University)
2007-2010, Ernesto Klar, composer (MFA, Columbia University)
2007-2010, Kirk Nurock, composer (DFA Julliard)
2007-2010, Evan Rapport, composer & ethnomusicologist (PhD, CUNY)
2007-2009, Rudy Palmer, composer/conductor (DFA, Julliard)
2006-2007, Ron Petrides, composer (DFA, Mannes College of Music)
2006-2007, Francesca Tanksley, composer/pianist (MFA, Queens College)
2003- 2006, Bruce Petherick, composer/pianist (BA, University of Melbourne, MA (prelim, Latrobe University, PhD (inc) University of Melbourne)
2003, Dr. Mark Hopkins and Dr. Jeremy Brown, The University of Calgary Summer Conducting Symposium
2013, Study Grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Full funding for apprenticeship with Bunita Marcus.
2009-2010, New School Scholarship, New School University, New York, NY
2008, Dean’s List, New School University, New York, NY
2007, Dean’s List, New School University, New York, NY
2006, Study Grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2005, Richard Harold Cowie Memorial Scholarship, Awarded by the Professional Musicians Association of Alberta
2010-onward, Private Teacher, composition
2012, Guest Lecturer at Rosedale School of the Arts, Toronto, ON
2010-2011, Founded Music Program at Chey School, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Board Member of Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, Calgary, AB, Canada
Member in Good Standing, American Federation of Musicians, Local 547
2005 - ongoing, freelance Composer
2002 - ongoing, freelance Pianist
2014, “Four Miniatures”, for solo piano. Commissioned by Bruce Petherick.
2013-onwards, “Journal” for solo piano. [an ongoing musical diary of pianistic errata]
2012, “Objects” for solo piano, solo for Salon concert, Mark Limacher [piano]
2011, “Prelude” for solo piano, solo for Salon concert, Mark Limacher [piano]
2006, “Emma Goldman Sketches for solo cello”, composed for cellist Alex Waterman, Brooklyn, NY
2014, “…Time…”, for Jazz Orchestra. Commissioned by the Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble
2014, “Eight Pages”, for soprano sax, alto flute, and piano. Commissioned by Brianna Strong
2013, “East End Avenue”, for flute, violin, cello, bass, and piano.
2007, “Two Images after Richter” for viola & guitar, Composed for the Ernesto Klar group
2007, “Rumination”, for sextet. Composed for the Rich Shemaria ensemble
2007, “Specters of Brighton 5th”, for clarinet, cello, piano, and percussion. Composed for Hemingway Ensemble, New York, NY
2010, “Nichtkonzert”, theater piece for 3 speakers and Piano, performed at New School 13th Street Theater
Special collaborations with Parsons School of Design’s “Visual Music Workshop/Studio”
2010, “Melee”, multimedia collaboration with filmmaker Ashely Ahn
2009, “A Waning Industry”, multimedia collaboration with media artist Simeon Poulin
2008, “Equilibria Lepidoptera” multimedia collaboration with computer interactivity by Claudio Midolo and Illustrator Yael Levy. Shown at Teresa Lang Center, NY
2012, “Max”, film score, director Ben Rowe
2006, “Whisky Jacks” film score. Written and directed by Tyler McIntyre, produced by John Negropontes. Film funded by AFA.
PERFORMING HIGHLIGHTS [PIANO], CALGARY, AB
2014, Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble, “Made In Calgary”, Jon McCaslin, director
2014, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, “Broadway in Love”, conductor Stuart Chafetz
2014, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, “Mary Chapin Carpenter”, conductor Vince Mendoza
2014, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, “James Bond”, conductor John Morris Russell
2014, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, “Ella & Louis”, conductor Jeff Tyzik
2013, Theater Calgary, “The Great Gatsby”, Piano
2013, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, “Viva Las Vegas”, conductor Stuart Chafetz
2013, Theater Calgary, “Anne of Green Gables”, Keyboard I, music director Liz Baird
2013, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra “Nat King Cole”, conductor Jeff Tyzik
2012, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra “Broadway Rocks”, conductor Steven Reineke
2012, “Concert for Jewish Education” with Cantor Alex Stein, Temple Beth Tzedec