Was born 1964 Paris and studied composition, counterpoint, harmony, analysis and musical research at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris, where his teachers included Claude Ballif and Gérard Grisey. In 1993 Mark Andre got a scholarship from the French Foreign Ministry and reached an advanced degree in composition with Helmut Lachenmann at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart and he took a doctorate degree in musicology in 1994.
Mark Andre received numerous scholarships and honours: In 2008 he got a grant from the Berliner Kunstpreis of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and in 2007 he received the Giga Hertz Production Prize for electronic music and the orchestral prize from Donaueschingen Festival for …auf… III from the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg. Furthermore he won the Christoph and Stefan Kaske Composition Prize 2006 and he composed …22, 13… in 2004, a music theater in three parts, written for the Biennale in Munich and the Mainz City Theater. 2002 Mark Andre got the grant from the Ernst von Siemens Foundation for Music and in 2001 he got the composition prize of the opera in Frankfurt for …das O… and a scholarship from the Opera in Frankfurt. From 1998 until 2000 the composer had a fellowship at Villa Medici in Rome and in 1997 he got a scholarship from the Heinrich-Strobel-Foundation in Freiburg, as well as one from the SWR and the city of Baden-Baden. In this year he also won the first prize at Stuttgart International Composers´ Competition. In 1996 Mark Andre was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and he got also a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Kranichstein Music Prize for un-fini I and le loin et le profond from the Darmstadt International Holiday Courses in New Music and he attended a master class with Wolfgang Rihm. His recent composition, the cycle …auf… is composed for a large orchestra and conceived as a triptych of three pieces, but the different pieces can also be performed and listened to separately although they form a whole. The first performance is planned for Berlin in 2009; other performances will follow in Brussels and Paris.
Mark Andre is teaching at the Conservatoire National in Strasbourg and at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt. He lives in Berlin.