Mark Holdsworth is an Australian composer currently based in Perth, Western Australia. Holdsworth’s music is characterised by a keen sense of drama and narrative. His compositions include a substantial catalogue of orchestral works as well as numerous works for chamber ensemble and solo instrument. He has been commissioned and performed by Australia’s most feted ensembles including: the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Australian String Quartet, and Arcadia Winds. Holdsworth’s music has also been performed abroad in the UK and France by MusicLab at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Krista Low at Academie Voix Nouvelles, respectively.
In 2018, Holdsworth was awarded the inaugural Arcadia Winds Composition Prize for his wind quintet Hellfire.
In 2018 and 2019, he is an acting participant of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Australian Composers School where his War Cry and Ascension: Ode to Stephen Hawking were premiered, the latter in commemoration of the late physicist. In 2019, Holdsworth will compose a new bass trombone concerto for Mitchell Nissen.
In 2018, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra premiered Holdsworth’s L’appel du vide as part of the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers’ Program. Following this, Holdsworth has been appointed the 2019 Cybec Young Composer in Residence of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, comprising 3 new commissions across their 2019 and 2020 seasons. His residency commences with the premiere of A Hero’s Journey at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl Free Concert Series #3 in February, followed by the premiere of Cri de cœur at the Metropolis New Music Festival Concert #2 in March.