Born in Toronto, Canada, award winning composer Mark Daniel Dunnett interest in music started when he was twelve years old, after he appropriated his father’s guitar. Practicing ten hours a day for many years, Mark then played and performed in various bands, with a focus on guitar instrumental music.
Enrolled at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Mark eagerly studied for two years, with a focus on classical theory, harmony and piano. The Royal Conservatory was the beginning of Mark’s musical education, which ultimately led him to Boston’s fabled Berklee College of Music, where he earned a B.A. in Film Scoring and Composition. While at Berklee, Mark studied under the late world renowned Havard and Berklee professor and classical composer John Bavicchi. During this time, Mark was also featured in Guitar World Magazine’s prestigious Mike Varney Home Town Heroes column, for outstanding guitar instrumental composition.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Mark began composing for television commercials, films and multimedia. He has composed the scores for over 50 films to date, many of which are award winning including recent U.S. AMC box office release feature film “Grandma’s House” starring Popstar/actress “Coco Jones” and Primetime Emmy Winning actress “Loretta Devine“, The Sin Seer (starring Isaiah Washington, C. Thomas Howell, Michael Ironside and Salli Richardson-Whitfiel), My Funny Valentine (starring Tom Payne, Pippa Black, Brit Morgan and Laura Spencer). His T.V. credits include music for OWN network, The Oprah Winfrey Show, C.S.I., Super Soul Sunday, Help Desk and more.
Mark has scored and recorded orchestral music with live ensembles and full orchestras. He has won numerous awards from various film festivals and was recently nominated for the 2016 Marty Awards “Best Music” in a visual work category. Mark, is also a multi instrumentalist proficient in guitar ( electric, acoustic classical and dobro), piano, ukulele, bass, and mandolin.
In early 2016, Mark received his U.S. extraordinary ability work visa and has since relocated to Los Angeles to further his film scoring career.
EDUCATION B.A. BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC/ DUEL MAJOR (FILM SCORING/TRADITIONAL COMPOSITION) (BOSTON)
ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC (TORONTO)