Australian composer and classically trained pianist Mark John McEncroe writes for solo piano and orchestras of all sizes. His compositions have been performed throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States, with the biggest highlight to date being a concert at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium in February 2020.
While studying piano as an adult, McEncroe realized it was composition that he was drawn to, and began training in music theory and composition with prominent Australian music educator and composer Margaret Brandman.
With diverse musical interests, McEncroe draws inspiration from all genres. His solo piano pieces show a strong influence of French impressionism, combined with baroque flavors and jazz harmonies that stretch across his works. Thematically, his music explores the human experience with a universal theme aiming to create an emotional response in the listener.
In an ongoing collaboration with orchestrator and composer Mark J Saliba, McEncroe writes and records symphonic suites and poems for recording sessions and concerts by the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, The Sydney Scoring Orchestra, The Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, The Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra, The Croatian Chamber Orchestra, and the Distinguished Concert Orchestra, New York. McEncroe’s piano works have been recorded and performed by Yoko Hagino, Van-Ahn Nguyen, John Martin, and Helen Kennedy.
When he’s not composing, McEncroe’s other great passion is his bonsai collection, koi pond, and Japanese garden, where he finds peace and inspiration.