Mark Stanley Fromm (b.1982) is a composer and musician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His works have won numerous awards and have been performed worldwide, including Nashville, New York City, Ottawa, London, Santiago, Doha, and Bangkok. His music has been praised for its natural shape, structure, and lyricism. He has been lucky to be able to give back to the Pittsburgh community by fulfilling local commissions. In 2008 he was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society to write a piece commemorating the 250th anniversary of the city's founding, resulting in Steel, Slag, and Silicon for saxophone quartet. In 2012 he received a commission celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, resulting in the chamber piece Sky Bow. Also in 2012 he completed a commission from the Trillium Ensemble to write a new trio, resulting in the piece Silent Spring which honors the 50th anniversary of Pittsburgh-native Rachel Carson's landmark environmental book of the same name. His most recent large work, Frick Gates, is a tone poem on Pittsburgh's largest public park, and was premiered by The Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra in Fall 2014.
As a performer he plays bassoon, baritone saxophone, and occasionally other instruments. He is an active composer and performer member of Alia Musica Pittsburgh, a group dedicated to the performance of new music by local composers. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon (BFA), McGill University (MMus), and The University of Pittsburgh (PhD).He recently joined the music faculty of Pittsburgh CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) High School.
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Wed, February 4, 2015 8:00 PM: Steel, Slag, and Silicon (Three Pieces for Orchestra),
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Bellefield Hall, 315 Bellefield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Sun, February 15, 2015 7:30 PM: Lingua Cosmica: Concerto for Contrabassoon,
Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Ensemble
Kresge Recital Hall, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA