Mark Lau is a bassist/composer originally from Sydney Australia now living in downtown Manhattan, New York. He received his Master of Music degree in jazz bass performance at Manhattan School of Music, NY and a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz bass performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia.
Mark has performed at New York City venues such as Birdland, Dizzy's Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The 55 Bar and Sweet Rhythm in New York City and has performed with notable musicians such as Dave Liebman, Dick Oatts, Cecil Bridgewater, Phil Markowitz, Michael Feinstein, Bob Berg, Joel Frahm, Bob Sheppard, Avishai Cohen, Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge, Aaron Choulai, Mike Nock, Gordon Brisker, Don Rader, Tony Gould, Tim Stevens, Mark Isaacs and Dale Barlow.
Mark has played at major festivals around the world including the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, the Rome Film Festival, the Wangarratta, Manly, Brisbane, Melbourne and Bellingen Jazz Festivals in Australia, the Hong Kong Fringe Festival and Newport and Cape Cod Festivals in the US and has played on numerous recordings and albums.
Mark originally came to New York on an Australia Council for the Arts Development grant and has since won many grants and awards. He was a member of the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra which won the 2004 Downbeat Award for Best Studio Orchestra, was a finalist in the Wangaratta Bass Competition and is a Yamaha Music Artist Relations Contract holder.
Mark has studied performance and composition with Rufus Reid, Jay Anderson, Homer Mensch, Harvie S, David Grossman, Gary Dial and Michael Patterson. He has taught at Manhattan School of Music since 2004.