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Mark Willsher

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Audio Fields:

  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Post Production
  • Recording Industry - Film/Video Sound

Job Duties:

  • Mixer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Other: Music Editor

About

Mark Willsher is a London-based audio engineer with a diverse background in film scoring, record production, and software development.

Mark is known for his work with Howard Shore and Peter Jackson on the scores for The Two Towers, The Return of the King, and The Hobbit Trilogy. Film work has taken him to some of the world's finest audio facilities including: Abbey Road Studios, Air Lyndhurst, Teldex (Berlin), Park Road Post Production (Wellington), the MGM Scoring Stage at Sony, and the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox. For two days during the 2014 holiday season Glen Keane's (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas) short Duet (that Mark worked on with composer Scot Stafford) was played repeatedly in Times Square - on the largest screen in North America. Mr. Willsher is a three-time nominee for the Golden Reel Award for feature film music editing.

Mark's recording discography covers chamber music and large orchestral works, as well as big band, hip-hop, and singer-songwriter productions. Recognized for the clarity and realism in his recordings Mark has had the pleasure of working with a long list of world class musicians and composers including: The Cypress & St. Lawrence String Quartets, pianists Garrick Ohlsson and Robert Silverman, baritone Stephen Salters, conductor Julian Wachner, Michael Franti, Lyle Lovett, and composers John Adams, Jennifer Higdon and Elena Ruehr. His recordings include both studio and live productions at facilities such as Skywalker Sound, Mosfilm (Moscow), Trinity Wall Street, CBC's Glenn Gould Studio, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Mark has also collaborated extensively with renowned Grammy-winning Producer/Engineer Leslie Ann Jones on projects with the Kronos Quartet, Chanticleer, and most recently The Colorado Symphony under the direction of Andrew Litton.

Mark's software engineering background includes work for Monogram Biosciences and InfoEnable Corporation, where he developed Peak Detection algorithms that are used in high throughput gene expression and proteomics assays at Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and LabCorp.

Mr. Willsher has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa. He also spent four consecutive terms as an audio associate at the Banff Centre for the Arts learning everything he could from such distinguished guest faculty as John Eargle, George Massenburg, and Wieslaw Woszczyk.

Mark is a voting member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), The Recording Academy (NARAS), and the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE).


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