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Mark Fish - composer, conductor, VIOLINIST, violist


Ferdinand the Bull

by Mark Fish

an original musical setting of the children's classic, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, about the bull who liked to "sit just quietly and smell the flowers." Winner of the Oppenheimer Best Audio Award. Album also includes Fish's arrangements of Saint-Sæns' Carnival of the Animals, Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite (Ma mère l'oye).



by Mark Fish

inspired by Maya Angelou's poems, To a Suitor and Woman Work. Album also includes Bach's Chaconne from the Partita in D minor for solo violin, Beethoven's Sonata #8 in G for piano and violin, Liszt's Transcendental Etude no. 10 in F minor, Chopin's Etude, op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major, Rachmaninoff's Etude-Tableau op. 39 No. 5, and John Corigliano's Sonata for Violin and Piano.


Pictures of Miró

by Mark Fish

11 chronologically ordered musical depictions of paintings by the Catalan artist Joan Miró, with his wide variety of self-portraits serving as the musical refrain. Recording also includes premiere recordings of Jack Gabel's Through a Gentle Rain, Bernard Andres's Narthex, Tessa Brinckman's Glass Sky, and D'Arcy Reynolds' Cloven Dreams. Music for flute, violin, viola, cello, harp, and koto.

flavor of the day

animated short created by Shawn Abernathy, score by Mark Fish


Salsa Picante al Lado

(Hot Sauce on the side)

commissioned by the Peninsula Youth Artists, conducted by the composer at the Rudolfinum in Dvořák Hall, Prague.


Ferdinando el Toro

(Ferdinand the Bull, for woodwind quintet, in spanish)

The first few minutes of my own piece and other woodwind quintet music narrated in Spanish,

performed by Quinteto Respira and narrated by Ana Gallegos - Valladolid, Spain


Talk to me

an award-winning documentary by Vanessa Kaneshiro about families with autistic children. Piano score by Mark Fish


Concertino Vasco

a mini-concerto for two flutes and piano, composed for Trio Rigoletto, based on Basque ("Vasco") folksongs.

Performed in Portugal, 2016


live - recent & upcoming

Nancy Kim


Premiere of my new arrangement of Albeniz's Asturias for solo cellist Nancy Kim and the Sonnet Ensemble.

March 25, Le Petit Trianon, San Jose, CA, 7:30 p.m.

March 26, St. Jerome Catholic Church, El Cerrito, CA, 4:00 p.m.

The Golden Door

The Golden Door is a multimedia work that combines a documentary with music for string quintet and piano by Mark Fish, commissioned by Music at the Mission with a grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. The music depicts the experiences of immigrants from the Philippines, Mexico, India, China, and Pakistan - all now living in Fremont, California. The program will be performed by the fantastic Music at the Mission Chamber Players, and also includes works by Antonín Dvořák, Chen Yi, and Silvestre Reveltuas.

May 13, 7:15 Pre-concert talk, 8pm performance.

Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission San Jose, Fremont, CA  



The Brava Choir, part of the Peninsula Girls Chorus, will premiere an original setting of the poem Life Doesn't Frighten Me by Maya Angelou on Peninsula Girls Chorus spring concert. Conducted by Will Skaff.

June 4, 3pm, Aragon High School Theater, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA



Mark Fish is a composer, arranger, violinist, and violist from the San Francisco Bay Area. His music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music Program, and Music at the Mission, where currently he serves as composer-in-residence. He has also had works commissioned by the Magic Flutes, the Del Sol String Quartet, Black Cedar Trio, the Newport Symphony, and Asian American Dance Performances. As a conductor, he has worked for the San Jose Youth Symphony, Peninsula Girls Chorus, Peninsula Youth Artists, and Hillsdale High School orchestras and choirs. He currently conducts the Premiere Assai Ensemble for the Ragazzi Boys Chorus and teaches music for the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. As violinist/violist, he has performed with the San Francisco Merola Opera Program, the American Bach Soloists, Dave Brubeck, the Moody Blues, and Ray Charles.






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