The Hollywood Reporter writes: "Mark McKenzie’s commanding orchestral prowess puts him among the foremost symphonists in Hollywood." His original compositions have been featured in thirty six films including Francis Ford Coppola's My Family / Mi Familia and the James Garner / Abigail Breslin's classic family film The Ultimate Gift. Twenty of his soundtracks are available on the Sony Classical, Varese Sarabande, Intrada, Universal Back Lot Music and Word Record labels. His compositions have been featured repeatedly on the Academy Awards In Memorium segment and his score to Blizzard opened the 75th Oscars. Stitch's Great Adventure is heard each day Disney World. The Greatest Miracle was performed before the Pope, featured in Variety’s Eye on the Oscar, was doubly nominated for the IFMCA “Best Score of the Year," and was the winner of the HMMA’s “Best Indie Score of the Year.” Movie Music UK writes: “Mark McKenzie writes some of the most beautiful, lyrical and emotionally resonant music ever written for film and I do mean ever written for film.” His recent score to Max and Me, recorded at Abby Road Studios with concert violinist Joshua Bell, The London Voices, large symphony orchestra, the Libera Boys choir and numerous soloists has repeatedly been called "Score of the Year." In addition to the huge orchestral scores, Mark uses electronics in all of his scores and has enjoyed composing three action adventure films for Universal Studios Dragonheart franchise solely in his extensive electronic music studio.
After McKenzie completed his doctorate in Composition studying with Pierre Boulez, Witold Lutoslawski, and Morton Lauridsen he taught theory, counterpoint, and orchestration at the University of Southern California. He began his Hollywood career by orchestrating over 100 feature films. As Variety said, “Mark McKenzie has been the “go to” guy behind-the scenes for top film composers...John Barry, Bruce Broughton, Randy Edelman, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, Mark Isham, Paul McCartney John Powell, Marc Shaiman, Alan Silvestri, John Williams and others. Mentored by Jerry Goldsmith, Mark both orchestrated Goldsmith’s final 6 films and helped him compose on The Last Castle and Looney Tunes. McKenzie's orchestrations are available on 91 soundtracks such as the Academy Award winning multi platinum Dances With Wolves, the Academy Award nominated Men in Black and Good Will Hunting, blockbusters such as Spiderman 1 and 2, Mission Impossible, Sleepless in Seattle, Sister Act, Star Trek 6,7,& 10, Ice Age: The Meltdown, A Few Good Men and the underscore to the Danny Elfman / Tim Burton classic multi platinum Nightmare Before Christmas.
Mark McKenzie is a member of The Motion Picture Academy Music Branch, The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers, the BMI performing rights organization and very happy to serve on the board of the Society of Composer and Lyricists.