Mark WeiserComposer Mark Lanz Weiser has always had a passion for the combination of music and drama. He explores the ways drama can influence and shape music through his operas, art songs and concert music.

In 2015 Opera San Jose premiered Where Angels Fear to Tread, Weiser’s opera based on the novel by E. M. Forster. It was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “potent and well-made” and “ravishing” by the San Jose Mercury News. Both publications included the opera on their top 10 list of 2015 musical events. More recently, The Place Where You Started, an opera Weiser wrote in collaboration with librettist Amy Punt was premiered in Portland in November of 2016. Described as a “remarkable opera” in Northwest Reverb, the opera was subsequently performed in Shanghai, China.

In 2015, Weiser was awarded the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize for his second symphony (Sinfonia Magalhães), a musical evocation of Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe. His High Velocity for solo piano won the 2015 Ithaca College International Heckscher Composition Prize, and Anthem for a Doomed Youth, a song cycle for baritone and piano using the poetry of Wilfred Owen was awarded the NATS National Art Song competition. He has held residencies at the Yaddo colony in New York and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and his music has been published by Boosey & Hawkes and Editions Bim International Music Publishing.

Mark Lanz Weiser received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance and master’s degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently Assistant Professor in Composition and Director of Undergraduate Music Theory at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.