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Mark Hand: Biography

Mark Hand
1956 -
Region: British Columbia

Mark Hand

Mark Hand was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1956 where he graduated in 1978 with the University Gold Medal in Music. After attaining his Library Science degree, he took up the post of Music Librarian with the Saskatoon Public Library. For 13 years he was National Librarian for the Canadian Music Centre headquartered in Toronto. Since 1997 he has lived and worked on B.C's Salt Spring Island.

A winner of numerous scholarships and grants, Hand's compositional career began with a win in the CBC National Radio Competition for Young Canadian Composers for his work Soliloquy, which was subsequently performed in Vancouver, Toronto and Dallas, and recorded on a Radio Canada International album featuring the soprano, Joanne Dorenfeld. He has received commissioning grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts and the CBC, on behalf of the Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg's Music Inter Alia series, Toronto's Arraymusic, Winnipeg's Aurora Musicale, Waterloo's NUMUS concerts, among others. His music, often characterized as "static and delicate" and "placid yet expressive" has been heard in Canada, the United States and England.

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