Mark Nixon is a graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the University of Cape Town and the University of South Africa (UNISA). His teachers have included Laura Searle, Lamar Crowson, Håkon Austbø, Graham Johnson and Andrew Ball. From 2000 – 2002 he was the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music.
Mark has received many prestigious awards, including first prizes in the Adolph Hallis Piano Competition in 1994 and the Nederburg-UNISA National Piano Competition in 1998. In 1997 he was awarded the two most sought-after scholarships in the country: the SAMRO Scholarship for Pianists and the UNISA PJ Lemmer Scholarship for Performers. In 2000 he was selected a ‘Young Concert Artist’ (solo piano) of the National Federation of Music Societies in the United Kingdom (now known as ‘Making Music’). In 2008 he was again selected, this time as a duo with the soprano Erica Eloff.
He has performed as concerto soloist with all the South African orchestras, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and with several orchestras in England. As solo recitalist and pianist-accompanist he has appeared extensively in South Africa, as well as at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Linbury Theatre Covent Garden in London and at numerous music societies across the UK.
In 1999 he won the Guildhall School’s Schubert and Ireland Prizes and the accompanist’s prize in the English Singers and Speakers Union Song Competition in London. In 2006 he won the accompanist’s prize at the Great Elm Vocal Awards held at Wigmore Hall, London.
Engagements have included concerts in Holland, France, Greece, China, Italy, the UK and many recital tours of South Africa with various singers and instrumentalists. He is a keen chamber musician and often collaborates with singers in art song repertoire. Also a dedicated and busy teacher, he lives in London where he is Head of Keyboard at King’s College School, Wimbledon.
In 2010 he released a CD of songs by Grieg, Wolf, Rachmaninov, Wilding and de Villiers in collaboration with the soprano Erica Eloff. In 2012 he launched a CD of works for solo piano by Liszt, Brahms and Debussy on Stringwise Records.
He is a member of the Piano Week teaching faculty and has given masterclasses in China, Italy and in several venues in the UK on these masterclass and music festival courses. In September 2018 he travelled to the United States, where he taught and performed several concerts at the Universities of Akron and Youngstown in Ohio.
He is the artistic director of the newly established Latimer Music Festival, an annual chamber music festival in the Chilterns.