Mark Andre was born in Paris in 1964, where he studied at the École Normale Supérieure (writing a thesis on “Le compossible musical de l’Ars subtilior”) and with Claude Ballif and Gérard Grisey at the Paris Conservatoire (First Prize in Composition). Later he studied with Helmut Lachenmann at the Stuttgart University of Music, where he took an advanced degree in Composition.
Among the many composing competitions he has won are those of the Villa Medici (Prix de Rome), the City of Stuttgart, the Frankfurt Opera, the Kranichstein Music Prize of the International Summer Courses in Darmstadt, composer’s grants from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and the Berlin Academy of the Arts, the Composition Prize of the Christoph and Stephan Kaske Foundation, the “Giga-Hertz-Produktionspreis des ZKM und Experimentalstudio des SWR” and the orchestra prize of the SWR Symphonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg at the Donaueschingen Festival.
He has taught at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses, the Academie d’Aix en Provence, in Royaumont, the Takefu International Music Festival, at the “EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO-Akademie matrix” and the Fellowship Seminar at Voksenåsen, Oslo. He is a member of the music chapter of the Berlin Academy of the Arts (2009), a corresponding member of the Saxon Academy of the Arts (2010) and a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin (2012/13).