is a versatile bass player based in the Netherlands. He started playing classical piano at an early age but switched to bass in his teens after hearing the music of James Brown. Soon after he started his studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where he graduated cum laude in 1997.
His recognizable sound, groove and flexibility make him a much sought after musician by artists, ensembles and orchestras in many genres.
Mark won several prizes, including the Dutch Jazz Competition with the Nemesis Quartet (1994), Geel (1998) and Agog (2002).
Last 10 years Mark recorded and played in over 30 countries with artists such as
Oene van Geel
Napoleon Murphy Brock,
Morgan Ågren & Mats Öberg,
Marcel Veenendaal, Windkracht 7,
Ellen ten Damme
Tini Thomsen Max Sax
(feat. Nigel Hitchcock) and the Barnicle Bill Trio (featuring saxophonist Miguel Martinez and drum legend John Engels).
Mark played with major classical ensembles and orchestras including
and many more. Besides this he is a soloist in
Grammy Award-winning work Dreamhouse, which has been performed and recorded by several renowned orchestras such as the BBC
and New York Philharmonic
Currently one of his main projects is his duo with viola player Oene van Geel: Their album
‘Shapes of Time’
got released in March 2018 and received rave reviews from the press.
For season 2019/20 Mark is the bass player for David Bowie’s musical
Through this production he met Henry Hey, who has worked with Bowie on this monumental work. Together with singer songwriter Jeff Taylor and drummer Marc Schenk they founded
September 2019 they will debut in some of Holland’s major venues
Mark teaches bass and ensemble at
the Prince Claus Conservatoire
in Groningen and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague