He was a prize winner in the first Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music Composition and in 2002 he received the inaugural Miriam Hyde Composer-Pianist Award. Isaacs's commissioned works have been performed and broadcast both nationally and internationally by various orchestras, ensembles and soloists. He has also composed for film, television and the theatre including a 2001 commission for the Sydney Theatre Company production of Three Days of Rain by acclaimed New York playwright Richard Greenburg. Isaacs has written two books of piano preludes for himself as performer and a major oratorio based on the Joan of Arc story, which he conducted at the Sydney Opera House with over 1,000 performers. In 1994 Isaacs performed in the premiere of his own piano concerto in St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall with the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. His career as jazz pianist and composer has taken him on numerous tours around the world (including six tours of Russia) and he has collaborated with some of the artform's most distinguished performers and played at major international festivals as well as releasing many internationally-acclaimed CDs of jazz and improvised music. He has also given concerts and made recordings as a classical pianist, including performances as pianist for the cello & piano duo 'Tapas' with former Sydney Symphony principal cellist Trish O'Brien.
He is also involved in jazz festival curation and music commentating. Mark Isaacs is a represented creative artist of the Australian Music Centre Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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