Grades 6-7

Mark Tanner is greatly to be congratulated on

such a valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

Mark Tanner is greatly to be congratulated on

such a valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

A RECENT PIANO RECITAL AT WIGMORE HALL, LONDON, IN WHICH MARK PERFORMED PREMIERES BY SIX COMPOSERS: (left to right)

COLIN DECIO, PHILIP MARTIN, MARK TANNER, PAUL 'HARRY' HARRIS,

JOHN MCLEOD, GRAHAM LYNCH

A RECENT PIANO RECITAL AT WIGMORE HALL, LONDON, IN WHICH MARK PERFORMED PREMIERES BY SIX COMPOSERS: (left to right)

COLIN DECIO, PHILIP MARTIN, MARK TANNER, PAUL 'HARRY' HARRIS,

JOHN MCLEOD, GRAHAM LYNCH

A RECENT PIANO RECITAL AT WIGMORE HALL, LONDON, IN WHICH MARK PERFORMED PREMIERES BY SIX COMPOSERS: (left to right)

COLIN DECIO, PHILIP MARTIN, MARK TANNER, PAUL 'HARRY' HARRIS,

JOHN MCLEOD, GRAHAM LYNCH

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

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Mark Tanner was born in Bristol in 1963. His first tentative solo appearance at Bristol’s Colston Hall, aptly described as “intrepid” by the Bristol Evening Post, came at the age of 13, and shortly after he appeared on BBC TV, playing Liszt. He studied piano with Gwyn Pritchard, Geoffrey Buckley, Philip Martin and Richard McMahon, gaining his Ph.D from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1999. During his studies he took part in numerous masterclasses, John Ogdon offering especial encouragement. He has appeared in many of Britain’s most favoured recital halls, notably five successive appearances at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and St John’s

Smith Square in London, and the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. He has also appeared in a number of prominent educational establishments including the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London, Edinburgh, Aberdeen (S.O.U.N.D Festival), the RWCMD, Birmingham Conservatoire and recently at Chethams International Summer School for Pianists. With duo partner Allan Schiller, Mark was invited to perform at St George’s Bristol as part of the Mozart 250 celebrations, a venue at which he has appeared on many occasions. Mark's continuing popularity as a recitalist onboard cruise liners has led to around three hundred recitals on the entire Cunard, P&O and Saga fleets. Concerto appearances have included performances of Mozart, Beethoven, Saint-Saens and Gershwin.

Mark has broadcast several premières live on BBC Radio 3 and his recordings have attracted consistently high critical acclaim. of His York Bowen double-CD, Bryce Morrison of Gramophone wrote in June 2008:

"Most pianists would give an arm and a leg, or at least a finger, to achieve his sumptuous sonority and seamless legato…such enviable breadth and poetic commitment."

GRAMOPHONE

Mark has for some time held a particular interest in new and neglected British piano music, as is evident from his six recordings for Priory Records. A CD featuring flautist Gillian Poznansky (with whom Mark has performed at Wigmore Hall as well as on many cruise liners) featured the music of Cornish-based composer, Graham Lynch. This has been broadcast several times on BBC Radio 3 and was selected as an International Record Review 'Outstanding' Disc of the Month in December 2009; In the same month the disc was an Editor's Choice for Pan Magazine. Mark has done much to promote John Mcleod's epic work 'Haflidi's Pictures', which he commissioned with funding from the Scottish Arts Council, Vaughan Wlliams Trust and Hope Scott Trust in 2008. He premiered the work at Wigmore Hall and went on to give eight further performances in England, Scotland and Wales, often featuring the composer as narrator (and once with singer Benjamin Lupson), also performing extracts live on BBC Radio 3. The score, edited by Mark, is now available from Europa Edition, and a recording of the work for Priory Records also contains many other premieres and newly commisssioned works by Graham Fitkin, Philip Martin, Frederick Stocken, Colin Decio and Mervyn Burtch. In order to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Peter Wishart's death in 2009, Mark produced a recording for Priory Records featuring the Delme Quartet, flautist Christopher Hyde-Smith, clarinetist Michael Langdon-Davies, cellist Richard May and bass-baritone Neal Davies. An earlier recording of Peter Wishart's complete music for piano (featuring Allan Schiiler in the duets, alongside two premieres of works by Constant Lambert) was triggered by a performance at Wigmore Hall, and an edition, by Mark, published in three volumes, is now available from Edition Peters.

For sixteen years mark was Assistant Director of Music at Taunton School in Somerset; he has been active in music education for 30 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of Mensa, who have featured him twice in their publications. In 2009 Mark was awarded an honorary degree (Hon.BC) from the Birmingham Conservatoire in recognition of his contribution to the profession. Mark's first novel, Life on Mars? A Catinel’s Chance, was published by Llama Press, and with the book he has just completed a successful book-signing tour of Waterstone's stores.

In 2014 Priory Records released two CDs featuring JS Bach's Flute Sonatas with Gillian Poznansky and folk song arrangements with bass-baritone Michael George (subsequently published in two volumes by Spartan Press). Mark is currently editing the autobiography of Irish comedian and 15-year host of TV's 'Catchphrase', Roy Walker. In 2016 Mark will be cruising to Australia and South Africa, making a further recording with Gillian Poznansky and giving the World Premiere of Colin Decio's Piano Concerto in the Cheltenham Town Hall with the GSO. He wil be examining in Korea and Japan, presenting the ABRSM piano syllabus in China and adjudicating festivals in Cardiff, Chichester and Singapore. He will be teaching piano, improvisation and composition at the Chetham's International Piano Summer School, as well as as giving his popular piano summer school at Jackdaws in Somerset.

RECORDINGS Click here for REVIEWS or on the images below to play selected extracts

Peter Wishart Piano Music: PRCD881 Priory Records

Recorded in 2006, this CD contains the Complete Works for solo piano and piano duet by British compser na dpupil of Nadia Boulanger, Peter Wishart (1921-1984). It also contains two works by Constant Lambert, both previously unrecorded, and in the two duets - 'Sonata in B flat' by Wishart and 'Prize Fight' by Lambert - Mark is joined by Allan Schiller. Mark edited all three of the Wishart works for Edition Peters.

York Bowen Piano Music: PRCD887 Priory Records

Recorded on two CDs in 2007, this recording brings together eight previously unrecorded gems from some three hundred works by York Bowen written for solo piano, plus several others. Bowen has been described as the English Rachmaninov - he was out of kilter with the more cutting edge composers of his day, but crafted some beautiful works that deserve far greater recognition on the concert platform and in recordings.

Haflidi's Pictures: PRCD1018 Priory Records

Recorded at St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol, the title work of the CD -'Haflidi's Pictures' , by Scottish composer John McLeod - is certainly the most significant work. 'Haflidi's Pictures', along with two works by Philip Martin and others by Graham Fitkin, Frederick Stocken, Colin Decio and Mervyn Burtch marks a coming together of serveral years work. Most of the music was commissioned, premiered, recorded and broadcast by Mark.

Undiscovered Islands: The Music of Graham Lynch

PRCD1023 Priory Records

Graham Lynch is a Cornwall based composer who has had music performed all over the world. His music can be seen to straddle to distinct spheres: tango and classical. On this recorded, made in the company of the composer in 2008, appears a mix of works for solo piano and flute, the flautist being Gillian Poznansky. Voted 'Outstanding' by International Record Review.

The Music of Peter Wishart: A 25th Anniversary Celebration

PRCD1024 Priory Records

This CD was funded by Jackdaws Educational Trust to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Peter Wishart's death in 1984; it was produced by Mark. It brings together performances by the Delme Quartet, bass-baritone Neal Davies, cellist Richard May, flautist Christopher Hyde-Smith, clarinetist Michael Langdon-Davies and pianist Mark Tanner.

Nightingale: Folk Song Arrangements by Mark Tanner

PRCD1122 Priory Records

This CD was recorded at Potton Hall, Suffolk, in 2014. It features the great bass-baritone, Michael George and pianist Mark Tanner. All sixteen songs featured on the recording are by Mark, and a book shortly to be released by Spartan Press contains all of the songs.

Bach Flute Sonatas: Gillian Poznansky and Mark Tanner

PRCD1122 Priory Records

This CD was recorded at Potton Hall, Suffolk, in 2014. It features the Gillian Poznansky, flute, and Mark Tanner, piano. Five of Bach's seven flute sonatas are included.

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