Mark Isaacs

Music

Two new solo piano recordings in Europe

These albums will capture my finest solo piano work with a gorgeous hand-picked Steinway, magical repertoire plus expressive extemporisations, a master piano technician and a legendary Berlin studio and producer.

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Each album will document a distinct side of my musical personality in the most supreme conditions imaginable.

At the famed classical Teldex Studios in Berlin, I’ll record two solo piano albums. One of classical repertoire – my interpretations of some of the most lyrical pieces by Chopin, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Debussy, Satie and Poulenc – the other my own original extemporisations. I’ll personally select a Steinway piano to be brought in from their headquarters in Vienna, with master piano technician Stefan Knüpfer (described by the New York Times as “the Steinway Whisperer”) preparing and looking after it throughout the sessions, recorded by German master engineer Tobias Lehmann.

Of course all this doesn’t come cheaply at all, and I will be travelling far. Which is why I really need your help to reach my target, so that this project can fly.

I know that I can produce my very best nuances and colours with conditions like these, and fresh geographical environments are always stimulating to an artist. My work is all about the quality of sound: of the instrument and the space, all feeding back to me as I record, and inspiring me to go further still and risk all in moving toward the very highest of artistic stakes. It’s essential to have the right collaborators and facilities to make sure I reach my goal of truly touching the listener deeply with the beauty of the finished result.

Your gratefully received donations – tax deductible for Australians – will make this dream a reality so I can record in 2019. Then, not long after, the albums will be released worldwide as CDs, digital downloads and on streaming platforms. Due to our networked digital world these recordings will become enduring works that will remain available, readily, everywhere, and in perpetuity.

As a highly passionate Australian artist at the peak of his skills, I know I can produce a volume of recorded work that will make a real difference. My mission has always been, and will always be, to – in the words of the great Leonard Bernstein – “make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before”

Artist

Mark Isaacs

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Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a splendid musical mind”, Mark Isaacs is an internationally-acclaimed composer, pianist and conductor in classical music and jazz.

He has composed over 100 works – including three symphonies – many commissioned by some of Australia’s most prestigious ensembles, orchestras and soloists and ranging across orchestral, chamber, choral, solo pieces as well as scores for film, television and the theatre.

He has received many awards including an Australia Council Fellowship, the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award and the Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition. Isaacs was a prize-winner in the Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music Composition, a finalist in the 2013 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize and has twice been nominated for the ARIA Award.

Mark Isaacs’ first symphony, commissioned by former media executive Kim Williams AM, was premiered by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2013, and the TV program of the premiere – which Mark co-produced – has been screened on Foxtel in Australia and Sky TV in New Zealand. He composed his second symphony in 2017 as well as a chamber symphony in 2014.

Isaacs premiered his solo piano cycle Children’s Songs at the 2012 Adelaide Festival and recorded it for international release on the New York label Soundbrush Records.

In 2015 he conducted the premiere of his Chamber Symphony at City Recital Hall, Sydney, with Omega Ensemble and also conducted the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in a concert of his orchestral works.

In jazz he has recorded and toured with the artform’s most distinguished international figures and has released numerous CDs on labels such as Naxos and ABC.

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http://www.markisaacs.com