|Mark Buller was born in 1986 in Maryland. He began his musical studies at a young age, studying percussion at the Peabody Preparatory with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist Leo LePage. He went on to study piano with respected pedagogue Jan Puckett. Mark earned a bachelor's degree in piano performance at Bob Jones University, where he studied with David Lehman. He went on to earn a graduate degree in composition from BJU, studying with Dan Forrest. In the summer of 2010 he participated in the highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy, where he studied with Christopher Theofanidis and Giovanni Albini and had lessons with Paul Moravec and Mario Garuti. Mark, who has also studied briefly with Grammy award-winning composer Richard Danielpour, is a recipient of several awards, including the 2010 Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Contest (Emerging Composers Category) and the 2009 ASCAPlus Award. |
Mark is frequently commissioned to compose for a variety of vocal and instrumental forces. Chief among such commissions are seven song cycles (to date), a number of art songs, a wind octet, and works for solo instruments. Recent works to garner acclaim include a set of quodlibets for wind quintet, the String Quartet No. 2, several works for solo instruments, and a set of neo-Renaissance motets for choir. Current projects include commissions from a wind ensemble, pianist Courtney Phelps, soprano Carolyn Holland, and several solo instrumentalists; further works for choir; and a third string quartet.