B i o g r a p h y
The music of composer and pianist Mark Buller has been performed around the country and internationally, in a variety of venues: Carnegie Hall, the Wortham Center (Houston), and Movimento (Munich), as well as further locations in Europe, South America, and Asia. He has been commissioned by a wide range of organizations, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera (for two 45-minute operas, an extended choral work, and numerous art songs), the Houston Symphony, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. For two years he was a member of the Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program, which also commissioned a number of chamber works, including the award-winning String Quartet No. 3.
Current commissions and projects include a concerto for English horn, a fourth string quartet, two operas, art songs, and orchestrations for ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra).
Buller has composed three opera to date, all in collaboration with librettist and poet Charles Anthony Silvestri. The first, The Pastry Prince, was premiered by Houston Grand Opera in January 2015. The success of this opera led to the commission of a follow-up, The Puffed-Up Prima Donna. These two operas have been performed a combined total of 180 times to date. A third opera with Silvestri, The Trial of Alice, was commissioned by the Houston Girls Chorus. Buller was named the national winner of the Rapido! Composition Contest, for Regressive Variations. His works have also won the Vanguard Voices Choral Composition Competition (for Sicut Cervus, which was subsequently performed at Carnegie Hall) and the Sarofim Composition Award. Recent performances include the war oratorio Of Shrapnel and Blood by the Greenbriar Consortium; a flute concerto by flutist Aaron Perdue at Rice University; Motion Studies by Boston Musica Viva, Voices of Change (Dallas), Atlanta Chamber Players, and Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings; The Songs of Ophelia by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and director Robert Spano; orchestrated versions of Nursery Rhymes and Tombstone Songs featuring baritone Timothy Jones with River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; and Overboard, a 10-minute choral work commissioned by Houston Grand Opera.
Buller earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Houston, where he studied with Marcus Maroney and Rob Smith. He currently teaches composition and ear training at Lone Star College, is the program annotator for ROCO, works in audience engagement for Musiqa, and is the Education and Outreach Manager for AFA, Houston's largest nonprofit provider of music education.
Photo credit: Richie Hawley