Known as a diversely talented artist with boundary-crossing projects, Mark Polishook is a music teacher, a pianist, a jazz improviser, a composer, and a music technologist.
Mark’s jazz background includes performances with well-known jazz artists including Ted Curson, Eddie Gomez, Cassandra Wilson, and Kenny Garrett. He competed in the 1st International Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition in Washington D.C. and the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mark partnered with the Emmy-award winning film director Andrea Weiss to transform his electronic chamber opera Seed of Sarah, which was based on a memoir by a Hungarian Holocaust survivor, into a film. Their project was produced in the UK, America, and Canada and was an award winner in the Marseille Film Festival. Seed of Sarah has since been seen by international audiences.
Mark’s first faculty position was at the University of Maine at Augusta as an instructor of jazz piano and composition. Mark then moved Central Washington University where he directed the music composition and theory programs. Mark’s also taught as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in the Electro-acoustic Music Studio at the Crakow Academy of Music and he’s lectured on music in North America, Europe, and Japan.
In 2010, Mark moved with his family to Leicester where he gives in-person and Skype lessons in a studio that also accommodates small recitals, workshops and master classes. The studio has audio and video recording equipment and a Steingraber Phoenix 205, a piano based on a model designed originally for Franz Liszt.
Mark has doctoral, masters’, and undergraduate degrees from the Hartt School of Music, the University of Pittsburgh, the Manhattan School of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music. He’s studied composition with Eugene Kurtz, Ludmilla Uelehla, Robert Carl, and James Sellars and jazz piano with Jaki Byard, Charlie Banacos, and Marian McPartland.
Read Mark’s interview at the Cross-Eyed Pianist