Mark Barden, born 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, studied composition with Lewis Nielson and Randolph Coleman as well as piano with Monique Duphil at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. After completing his bachelor’s degree in 2003, he spent a year abroad as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and settled in Europe thereafter. From 2005 to 2007 he was a private composition student of Rebecca Saunders in Berlin. As an Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation Fellow, Barden earned a master’s degree in Composition in 2011 under Mathias Spahlinger and Jörg Widmann at the University of Music in Freiburg, Germany. In 2015, he finished his doctoral research in composition under Roger Redgate on “Composing in and through the Body” at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Barden has received numerous international awards including a Scholarship Prize from the Darmstadt Summer Music Courses, artist residencies from the Berlin Academy of the Arts and the German Studies Center in Venice, the 2016 Composition Commission from the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, and the Composers’ Prize from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. His works have been performed by ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, ensemble intercontemporain, ensemble recherche, the Mivos Quartet, KNM Berlin, Ensemble Mosaik at contemporary music festivals in Donaueschingen, Witten, Darmstadt, Paris, Berlin, New York and elsewhere. A portrait CD was released in 2016 on the Col Legno music label. Mark Barden lives in Berlin.

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