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Mark Fish - composer, conductor, VIOLINIST, violist

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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.

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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


live - upcoming

Juna's Jar - April 28, 2018

The Sonnet Ensemble premieres my new musical setting of the popular children's book Juna's Jar by Bay Area Emmy Award-winning author Jane Bahk. Program also includes Corelli's Concerto Grosso in D major, op. 6, no. 4; Sibelius' Romance in C major, op. 42, and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, op. 70. 7:30 p.m., St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, CA.


WAGE PEACE - june 10, 2018

Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the award-winning Ragazzi Boys Chorus will premiere Wage Peace for chorus, two horns, and piano, commissioned specifically for this occasion. It will be the closing song on the concert, and will include all Ragazzi choirs. Wage Peace was written by Judyth Hill on September 11, 2001. Conducted by Joyce Keil.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, 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, 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. 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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