Born in Paris in 1964, Mark Andre studied composition, counterpoint, harmony, analysis and musicology at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris (CNSMP) and composition at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart. His teachers were Claude Ballif, Gérard Grisey and Helmut Lachenmann among others.
In 1993, after studying at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris) and the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (Tours) he obtained diplôme d’études d’approfondies with a dissertation titled “Le compossible musical de l’Ars subtilior.” He completed großes Kompositionsexamen under the supervision of Helmut Lachenmann at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart enabled by a scholarship of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1995-96 he held a fellowship at the Schloss Solitude Academy (Stuttgart) and was awarded a scholarship from the German Academic Exhange Service (DAAD) in 1996. The same year he received the Kranichstein Music Prize with un-fini I (1995) and le loin et le profond (1994-95) in the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, where he also participated in the master classes of Wolfgang Rihm. He was as well awarded a residency scholarship in the Villa Médicis enabled by the program Hors les murs.
In 1997 Andre studied electronic music with André Richard at the Experimental Studio of the Heinrich Strobel Foundation, SWR Freiburg. He won the first prize at the Stuttgart International Composers’ Competition with Le trou noir univers (1992-93) for orchestra, vocal soloists and live electronics. He was also awarded a scholarship by the SWR and the City of Baden-Baden. Since 1997 Andre has taught counterpoint and orchestration at the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg and the Musikhochschule Frankfurt.
In 1998 (and again in 2006 and 2010) Andre returned to the Darmstadt Summer Courses as lecturer of composition. In 1998-2000 he held the fellowships of Villa Médicis at Rome as well as of the Opera Frankfurt. He received the International Composition Prize from the Opera Frankfurt with …das O… (Part I of …22,13…), which was premiered by Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt) under Johannes Debus. He was awarded the Ernst von Siemens Foundation Promotion Prize in 2002. …22,13… (Musiktheater Passion in drei Teilen), written for the Munich Biennale and the City Theatre Mainz, was premiered in Munich with Georges Delnon as stage director on the 20th of May 2004. Further performances in Munich, Mainz and within the Festival d’Automne at the Opéra Bastille (Paris) followed.
In 2005 he was invited to join the DAAD Artist Program in Berlin and awarded the Christoph and Stefan Kaske Composition Prize. In 2006 he received the Giga Hertz Production Prize for Electronic Music. In the Donaueschingen Music Days 2007 he was awarded the Orchestra Prize by the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg with …auf…III for orchestra and electronics.
In 2008 Andre was awarded the Promotion Prize of Berlin Art Prize by the Berlin Academy of Arts. The first complete performance of the cycle …auf… (2005-7) was given in Berlin in 2009, though conceived as a triptych forming a unified whole, each piece is intended also to be stand-alone in performance as well as in listening. In 2009 Andre became a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts and was appointed as professor of composition at the Musikhochschule Dresden.
In addition to acting as lecturer of composition at the Darmstadt Summer Courses 2010, Andre was also lecturer at the European Academy of Music Festival d’Aix en Provence, composer in residence and lecturer at the 21st Takefu International Music Festival. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Saxon Academy of Arts.
In 2012-13 he was fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin and in 2012 composer in residence at the Salzburg Mozartwoche. He was also named an honorary member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts. The same year he received the Composition Prize of the Gerhart and Renate Baum Foundation. In the Donaueschingen Music Days 2015 again he was awarded the Orchestra Prize by the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg with über for clarinet, orchestra and electronics. In 2015-16 he was fellow at the Tarabya Culture Academy in İstanbul. In 2017 he was awarded the “Happy New Ears” Prize by Hans and Gertrud Zender Foundation.
Mark Andre has written works commissioned by Ensemble Modern, ensemble recherche, Trio Accanto, Klangforum Wien, KNM Berlin, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Alternance, and EIC among others. He currently lives in Berlin.