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Mark David Boden

Nationality: British

Mark David Boden graduated from RWCMD in 2008 with a First Class Honours, studying composition with Lynne Plowman and Peter Reynolds in addition to piano with Fazlidden Husanov. Mark continued his studies as a scholar at the Royal College of Music studying with Kenneth Hesketh where he was generously supported by the RVW Trust and Henry Wood Trust. He graduated with Distinction from the MMus course in Advanced Composition in 2011.

During his time at RWCMD, Mark was the recipient of several awards including the Dr David Harries Memorial Award (2006), the Eirwen Thomas Scholarship (2007) and the Composition Prize (2008). Since graduating, he has been awarded a Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal (2008), the LSQ New Music Competition First Prize (2008), the Composer's of Wales William Mathias Composition Prize (2009), The Friends of the Music of St. Giles Cathedral Composition Competition (2010), the British Composer Awards (BASCA) Student Competition (2010) and the University of St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Composition Competition (2011). In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious John Clementi Collard Fellowship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and was re-awarded the fellowship in 2017. 

Mark has been commissioned by a varied range of ensembles including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble, Bath Abbey Choir, Sinfonia Cymru, Camerata Nordica and Sinfonia Newydd in addition to writ-ing for the ABRSM Spectrum series. Numerous orchestral works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, including Six Degrees, Fuochi Distanti and Ghyll in addition to several works for voices including Siegfried Stanzas and Homo Sum. In 2017, Mark’s choral work Awake Glad Heart opened the Christmas Day BBC Radio 3 broadcast by the BBC Symphony Chorus. Mark’s music has been performed across Europe by musicians such as Quatour Tana (Belgium), Nexus Reed Quintet (Switzerland) and Bartosz Woroch (Poland). He recently collaborated with children’s author Catherine Bruton on the musical POP! which premiered in Bath during December 2017. Mark’s Clarinet Concerto (commissioned by BBC NOW for principal clarinetist Robert Plane as part of their 90th birthday celebrations) was premiered in March 2018 with a commercial release planned for 2019.

Between 2007-2012, Mark worked as a tutor in the Junior Conservatoire at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is currently a lecturer in Music at RWCMD and was appointed Sir William Walton Trust Junior Fellow in Composition between 2012 and 2014. In 2011, Mark began a three-year residency with the University of St. Andrews Symphony Orchestra and in 2012 was appointed composer-in-residence with King Edward’s School, Bath. He served as Artistic Advisor to Sinfonia Newydd between 2012-2015 and is published by Cadenza Music Ltd.

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