Born in Sydney, Australia, Mark John McEncroe commenced music studies in his adulthood. He had a varied interest in many kinds of music, not just classical, which led him to working in the music/record business for EMI Records in his early 20s and 30s. For much of that time he was a Label Manager, first with EMI Australia and then with EMI Sweden.

At age 37 McEncroe commenced piano lessons in earnest studying with Will Scarlett in Sydney. Later he continued with Valerie Fawcett and then Helen Kennedy, after Will Scarlett’s death. During this time he developed an interest in composition which eventually became his all consuming passion and main focus.

To this end, in 2003 he began music theory and composition with Margaret Brandman in Sydney, which continued until 2012.

In 2006 he collaborated with Mark J Saliba who orchestrated a piano work from McEncroe’s Symphonic Poem, The Passing. This work was eventually recorded and performed by The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in The Czech Republic. Since then Saliba has orchestrated much of McEncroe’s material from his piano works and piano reductions.

To date McEncroe has recorded and released two piano CDs, "Reflections & Recollections", Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 with pianist, Helen Kennedy.

He has also released his "Fanfare Suite" for orchestra; two Symphonic Poems: The Passing and A Celebration of The Natural World on the CD "Affirmations & Aspirations" recorded in The Czech Republic with The Janacek Philharmonic conducted by Anthony Armore. Over the last few years McEncroe has recorded many works with The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Anthony Armore.

Over the last few years McEncroe has recorded many works with The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Anthony Armore.

In 2016 McEncroe signed up with Parma Recordings in the USA. In March 2017 Parma released his CD "Dark Clouds In Life" which features his work for piano and orchestra "Natalie’s Suite - Three Faces of Addiction"; together with "Symphonic Poem - Echoes from A Haunted Past" and pieces from his piano volumes.

In August 2017 Parma released his Symphonic Suites No. 1 and 2 on a double CD.

In September 2017 all the pieces from both volumes of “Refections & Recollections- musical Images for piano” were recorded again in Rockport MA at the Shalin Liu Performance Centre with Japanese/American pianist Yoko Hagino. The album was produced by Brad Michel.

Symphonic Poem - The Passing was performed by The Janacek Philharmonic in January 2016 in Ostrava The Czech Republic, conducted by Anthony Armore.

The same orchestra also performed McEncroe’s Symphonic Suite No. 1 in October 2016 with German conductor Heiko Mathias Foerster.

Concerts featuring Symphonic Suites No. 1 and No. 2 were performed in Bulgaria by The Ruse Philharmonic conducted by Nayden Todorov. Symphonic Suite No.2 will be performed again in Munich Germany on January the 28th, 2018 at the Herkulessaal with Nayden Todorov conducting the Czech Symphony Orchestra from Prague.

Among his many projects, Mark is currently creating orchestrations of his piano works with long-time collaborator Mark Saliba, planning concerts, and composing and recording new works for future album releases and publications, while finding time to tend to the koi pond and bonsai in his japanese-inspired rooftop garden.

All of McEncroe’s compositions to date have been published by Wirripang.

REPERTOIRE

Reflections and Recollections, Vol. 1 (2010)
13 musical images for solo piano

Reflections and Recollections, Vol. 2 (2011)
11 musical images for solo piano

Fanfare Suite (2011) 36'00
Four movements for orchestra
I. Hope & Optimism
II. Honesty, Sincerity & Integrity
III. Confidence, Exuberance & Open Mindedness
IV. Joy & Positivity

Symphonic Poem - The Passing (2011) 09’16
For Orchestra

Symphonic Poem - A Celebration of the Natural World (2011) 15’30
For Orchestra

Natalie's Suite (2014) 50’00
Three movement symphonic suite for piano and orchestra
I. Facing the Demons - Face One, c.23'00
II. Into the Dark Spaces - Face Two, c.21'00
III. Moving into the Light - Face Three, c.7'00

Symphonic Poem - "A Pageant at the County Fair" (2015)
For Orchestra

Symphonic Poem "Echoes from a Haunted Past" (2015)
For Orchestra

Symphonic Suite No.1 "Just Another Medieval Tale" (2015)
A seven movement symphonic work for orchestra

Symphonic Suite No.2 "And The Medieval Tale Continues" (2015)
Sequel to Symphonic Suite No.1. A six movement symphonic work for orchestra.

Taking a Stroll (2016) 6’30
For solo piano

Compositions

The Fanfare Suite, Movement No 3. "Confidence, Exuberance & Open Mindedness"



Credits: Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Anthony Armore


Symphonic Poem - "The Passing"   



Credits:  Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Anthony Armore


Symphonic Poem - "A Celebration of The Natural World"



Credits: Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Anthony Armore


Floating Lilies



from “Reflections & Recollections Vol.2”, 11 Musical images for solo piano
Pianist Helen Kennedy