BMus (Hons) London
- Senior Lecturer, Jazz
Mark Donlon joined the School in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Jazz Piano.
Mark is a pianist, composer, conductor and educator whose current UK group features American drummer Gene Calderazzo, UK bassist Mick Hutton and award-winning saxophonist Julian Seigel. The group has just released an album on the Fuzzymoon label, distributed by Proper Music. As a solo pianist he has recorded CDs and given recitals of his Jazz/Contemporary Classical crossover compositions to critical acclaim in the press. He is also particularly known as a specialist in Latin Music.
In the field of Higher Education he has established a profile as a respected teacher and academic, having taught and examined at leading conservatoires such as Trinity Laban, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the DIT Conservatoire in Dublin and The Royal Academy of Music. He also held senior academic positions at Leeds College of Music.
Mark founded the highly successful CUK Big Band in 2004 and was presented with an award for excellence in Jazz Education by the IAJE in Toronto in 2008 in recognition of that undertaking. As well as releasing a number of CDs he has had works published for solo piano, small jazz ensembles and Jazz orchestra.