MARK NOWAKOWSKI (b 1978 )
Mark Nowakowski (pronounced “nova’kovski”) is a composer whose works represent a modern merger of bold expressionism and mystical contemplation, Slavic pathos and American individualism. The music of this American-born son of Polish immigrants derives a great deal of its aesthetic influence from his experience of the Polish diaspora, while also being philosophically and spiritually guided by the long history of Catholic mysticism and art. Mark is also active as a writer, currently publishing columns on a variety of topics.
Nowakowski’s music has been commissioned and performed by such notables as the Kronos Quartet, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, The Monteverdi Cello Octet, The Voxare Quartet, the FiveOne Experimental Orchestra, Three Notch’d Road, Stowarzyszenia Mozart, Vox Musica of Sacramento, the Choir of the Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the Dominican House of Studies Schola, the wind ensembles at the University of Maryland, Ursinus College, and Illinois State University, and the Cracow Brass Quintet.
In 2011, the Kronos Quartet premièred his String Quartet No. 2 ‘Grandfather Songs’ at the International Festival of Polish Music in Kraków. In 2012, he was the composer-in-residence for Projekt Mozart, seeing his O Piękności niestworzon premièred in a concert tour of seven Polish cities culminating in Czestochowa and Warsaw.
Mark has received degrees from the University of Maryland, The Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Illinois State University, and was student composer-in-residence for the Canton Symphony Orchestra. His main composition teachers include Paul Schoenfield, Daniel Kellogg, Mark Wilson, Margaret Brouwer, Lawrence Moss, Stephen Andrew Taylor, John Drumheller, David Feurzeig and Michael Theodore. He has taught at the University of Maryland, Christendom College, DuPage College of Illinois, and Benedictine University, and currently serves on the faculty of music at Kent State Stark.