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Mark Buller

Composer

Mark Buller, composer

Biography

The music of composer and pianist Mark Buller has been performed around the country and internationally, in a variety of venues: Carnegie Hall, the Wortham Center (Houston), and Movimento (Munich), as well as further locations in Europe, South America, and Asia. He has been commissioned by a wide range of organizations, including Houston Grand Opera (for two 45-minute operas, as well as numerous art songs), the Houston Symphony, the AURA Contemporary Ensemble, Liminal Space Contemporary Ensemble, and Diverse Works ArtSpace. Buller was for two years a member of the Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program, for whom he composed around a dozen chamber works. In 2010, he participated in the highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy, where he studied with Chris Theofanidis and Paul Moravec.

Houston Grand Opera recently commissioned a 45-minute opera for its Opera to Go! program. The resulting work, The Pastry Prince, was a collaboration with librettist Charles Anthony Silvestri. It premiered in January 2015 at Houston's Heinen Theatre. When the tour finishes, it will have been performed around seventy times. The success of this opera led HGO to commission Buller and Silvestri for a second opera, to premiere January 2016.

Buller was the winner of the 2010 Vanguard Voices Choral Composition Competition; the winning work, Sicut Cervus, is now published by Hinshaw Music and has been performed around the world, including at Carnegie Hall. In 2014 Buller won the Sarofim Composition Award, for his third string quartet.

Recent performances include the premiere of his first opera, The Pastry Prince, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera; an arrangement of a Chinese song for pipa and string octet, commissioned by the Houston Symphony; Of Shrapnel and Blood, a war oratorio, by the Greenbriar Consortium; The Revolution Will Not be Televised, for percussion and piano, by the AURA Contemporary Ensemble; and the Concerto for flute, strings, percussion and celesta by flutist Aaron Perdue at Rice University. Upcoming commissions include a wind quintet at the Grand Teton Music Festival, a new work for violin and organ, a second opera for Houston Grand Opera, and a song cycle for soprano Misha Penton.

Buller is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Houston, where he has studied with Marcus Maroney and Rob Smith. He previously studied with choral composer Dan Forrest.


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