Building on his many diverse interests, composer and violinist Mark Zaki’s work ranges from historically-informed and traditional chamber music to electroacoustic music, mixed-media composition, and music for film. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield (UK) as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United Kingdom. Mark has also been honored with awards from the International Society of Contemporary Music, Musica Nova (Prague), a Rutgers University Board of Trustees Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, and a Mellon Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. degree in composition from Princeton University.
Mark's work has been presented by the New York Philharmonic Biennial at National Sawdust, MIN Ensemblet (Norway), the Nash Ensemble of London, Speculum Musicae, the Boston and NYC Visual Music Marathons, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, Third Practice, Electronic Music Midwest (Chicago), Electroacoustic Barndance (Fredericksburg MD and Jacksonville FL), iFIMPaC (Leeds, UK), the Los Angeles Sonic Odyssey Concert Series, the Comunidad Electroacoustica de Chile (Santiago), Festival Oude Muziek (Utrecht), Nashville SoundCrawl, the Not Still Art Festival (NYC), the International Computer Music Conference, Nuit Bleue (France), Electrolune (France), Primavera en La Habana (Cuba), Musica Nova (Prague), the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, SEAMUS, the Florida Electronic Music Festival, the NWEAMO Festival (San Diego), the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, the Cycle de Concerts de Musique par Ordinateur (Paris), the Pulse Field International Exhibition of Sound Art (Atlanta), and on the Canadian Electroacoustic Community CD project DisContact! III.
His commercial credits include work on more than 50 films, television programs, theater productions and recordings for companies such as PBS, Paramount TV, Disney, Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista Pictures, Sony/Classical, and Chandos. Notable projects include original scores for the dramatic feature film The Eyes of van Gogh (which was screened continuously throughout 2015 at the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the artist's death), and the Peabody award nominated documentary The Political Dr Seuss for PBS. His film work also includes both onscreen and soundtrack performances in Lasse Hallstrom’s Casanova, the American release of Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva and the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce.
Mark is currently an associate professor at Rutgers University-Camden where he teaches composition, music technology, and intermedia performance. He has also served nationally as the president of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS).