Building on his many diverse interests, composer and violinist Mark Zaki’s work ranges from historically- informed and traditional chamber music to electroacoustic music, mixed-media composition, and music for film. In 2012-13, Mark was a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield as the recipient of a highly prized Fulbright Scholar Award to the United Kingdom. Zaki has also been honored with awards and recognition from the International Society of Contemporary Music, Musica Nova (Prague) and a Mellon Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Mark holds a Ph.D. degree in composition from Princeton University.
Zaki’s music and mixed-media composition has been presented by the MIN Ensemblet (Norway), the Nash Ensemble of London, Speculum Musicae, the Boston and NYC Visual Music Marathons, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, Third Practice, Tape to TypeDef Festival (Sheffield, UK), the International Festival for Innovation in Music Production and Composition (Leeds, UK), the Los Angeles Sonic Odyssey Concert Series, the Comunidad Electroacoustica de Chile (Santiago), Festival Oude Muziek (Utrecht), Nashville SoundCrawl, the Not Still Art Festival (NYC), the International Computer Music Conference, Nuit Bleue (France), Electrolune (France), Primavera en La Habana (Cuba), Musica Nova (Prague), the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, SEAMUS, the Florida Electronic Music Festival, the NWEAMO Festival (San Diego), the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, the Cycle de Concerts de Musique par Ordinateur (Paris), the Pulse Field International Exhibition of Sound Art (Atlanta), and on the Canadian Electroacoustic Community CD project DisContact! III.
Commercial credits include work on more than 50 films, television programs, theater productions and recordings for companies such as PBS, Paramount TV, Disney, Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista Pictures, Sony/Classical, and Chandos. Some of his more notable projects include original scores for the dramatic feature )lm The Eyes of van Gogh, and the Peabody award nominated documentary The Political Dr Seuss for PBS. His fillm work also includes both onscreen and soundtrack performances in Lasse Hallstrom’s Casanova, the American release of Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva and the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce starring Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce.
Mark includes among his teachers Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey, Charles Wuorinen, and Arnold Steinhardt. Currently on the faculty at Rutgers University-Camden, he is the director of the Music Program and the Rutgers Electro-Acoustic Lab (REAL). He has also served nationally as the president of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS).