Mark Warhol was born in Texas and received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in Indiana. This was naturally followed by the study of piano with William Dorn and music composition with David van Vactor at the Music School of the University of Tennessee where he designed and built the first electronic music studio. An interest in opera and further study at the Stockhausen Concerts and Courses in Kürten, Germany, led him to include theatrical aspects in all his compositions. His music introduces movement and action into both vocal and instrumental works as a means to heighten communication with audiences.
In collaboration with French Canadian flutist, Catherine Issalys, Mark founded Ensemble Warhol, a music group dedicated to the presentation of works by contemporary composers. Since its début, the ensemble has appeared with many invited artists and has placed on the program not only the music of Mark Warhol but also the works of composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, and Giacinto Scelsi. Ensemble Warhol has appeared in the United States, Quebec, and Belgium; and as part of the season of events such as the Elizabeth Willet Musser New Music Series and the Isolated Acts Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Happy New Ears Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium. The first compact disc of the ensemble, Où est Fleuri Rose? et autres aventures, is available on the INNOVA label.
Mr. Warhol currently lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he works as a free lance composer. More information about Mr. Warhol may be found on his website: markwarhol.net