Born in 1986, Mark graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2008 with a first-class honours degree in Composition and Contemporary Studies. Whilst there, he studied 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 composition at Masters level with Ken Hesketh, where he was generously supported by the RVW Trust and the Henry Wood Trust. He graduated with Distinction from the MMus course in Advanced Composition in 2011.
During his time at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 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 Composers 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, having been nominated for the award by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Mark's music has been performed across the UK by a variety of different instrumentalists and ensembles including the Hebrides Ensemble, the PM Ensemble, the Ossian Ensemble, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, Camerata Nordica, Alissa Firsova and Xenia Pestova (piano), Kate Price (cello), and Carla Rees (alto flute). Several of his works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, including Six Degrees, Siegfried Stanzas and Fuochi Distanti with further broadcasts of new works scheduled for 2016 and 2017.