Mark WeiserDescribed as “brilliantly expressive” by the Washington Post, composer Mark Lanz Weiser explores his passion for the combination of music and drama through his operas, art songs and concert music.

The Place Where You Started, Mark’s fifth musical dramatic work, received its Los Angeles premiere in May of 2018 after its debut in Portland and Shanghai in 2016. James Bash of Northwest Reverb described it as “a remarkable opera” while Brett Campbell praised the opera for showing “there’s more to immigrants thank any stereotype about occupation and ethnicity can encompass.” Where Angeles Fear to Tread, Mark’s opera based on the novel by E. M. Forster was premiered by Opera San Jose in 2015. Angels was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “potent and well-made” and “ravishing” by the San Jose Mercury News. Both publications included the opera on their top 10 lists of 2015 musical events. Purgatory, Mark’s opera based on the W. B. Yeats play of the same name, was described by the Baltimore Evening Post as “evocative, complex, and beautiful.”

Mark received the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize for his second symphony (Sinfonia Magalhães), a musical evocation of Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe. Other awards include the Ithaca College International Heckscher Composition Prize (High Velocity, for piano), the NATS National Art Song competition (An Anthem for a Doomed Youth, for baritone and piano) and residencies at the Yaddo colony in New York, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His music has been published by Boosey & Hawkes and Editions Bim International Music Publishing.

Mark Lanz Weiser received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance and master’s degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently Assistant Professor in Composition and Director of Music Theory at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.