Growing up in New Canaan, Connecticut, Mark started formal classical piano lessons at the age of five. That was also the year his parents took him to his first concert, Duke Ellington and his Orchestra. "I remember that night like it was yesterday. At five years old I was captivated. How could so many musicians be on stage together, playing different notes, yet sound so smooth. I discovered harmony that night."
In the late 60's and early seventies as music was exploding and boundries were being pushed, Mark's influences were many...jazz artists like McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans and Chick Corea; the soul of Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder; the funky jazz/rock of Steely Dan, hard British blues bands like Led Zepplin and the Stones, and of course, the Beatles were all major influences.
After graduating from Syracuse University studying classical piano, Mark moved to New York City. He studied privately with jazzers Darius Brubeck and John Mehegan and was soon playing live gigs in NYC clubs and as a session player on many recording projects.
Over the years, he has recorded and toured with a diverse range of artists including Joe Cocker, Meatloaf, Enrique Iglesias, Gavin Degraw, Little Steven, Tom Jones, The E Street Band, Nona Hendryx, Luciano Pavorotti, and Darlene Love. His work can be heard in national commercials as well as feature films. Mark has also performed in many theatrical productions, including the Tony Award winning Broadway production of Billy Joel/Twyla Tharpe's "Movin Out"; "Love, Janis", the highly acclaimed musical based on Joplin's life, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar". He is currently on tour with The Rascals in "Once Upon a Dream".
Living in Weschester County, New York with his family, Mark works as a producer, composer, and musician.