Mark began playing piano at 3 years of age, composing at the age of 8, public performing at the age of 12 and throughout his teens diversified his instruments to include guitar, flute and synthesizer. He had one years study at Elder Conservatorium of Music (Adelaide University) in piano in 1978. He undertook a four year Bachelor of Music course at the SACAE in 1984 which he completed with distinction in performance.
From 1984 to 1987 he was principal piano accompanist for the SACAE School of Dance and he did numerous public solo piano concerts. He also worked with numerous dance and ballet schools during these years and worked with the Australian Dance Theatre in 1987. He was awarded the ASME Young Composer of the Year in 1986. Mark was an electric guitarist and synthesiser player in an underground band in Adelaide in 1987.
Mark worked with Tasdance from 1988 to 1990 as a full-time Composer/Musician and he has created thirteen new scores for the Company's repertoire. Since 1991 he has worked as a freelance composer and performer based in Adelaide where he is a member of Breakthrough piano quartet, which presents public recitals of new music for multiple pianos. He returned to Tasdance to compose for The Journey and Cry me a River in 1992.