Mark Gillespie (MBA, MMUS, MA) has developed and led concert tours across 25 countries of the Americas, Europe, and Asia featuring a variety of world-class artists including Joshua Bell, Philip Glass, Sarah Chang, Gautier Capuçon, Vadim Repin, James Ehnes, Alisa Weilerstein, Gabriela Montero, Louis Lortie, Paquito D’Rivera, Valery Gergiev, Helmuth Rilling, Nelson Freire, Ingrid Fliter, Danilo Perez, Antonio Meneses, Mariachi Vargas, Arturo Marquez, Rafael Payare, Alain Lefevre, among others. In 2010 Mark co-founded Filarmónica Joven de Colombia with a 10 million USD seed investment by Grupo Bolivar — the largest music startup in the history of Colombia. Mark has worked as an international consultant to The Rolling Stones, Mariinsky Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony on projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is co-founder of The Global Leaders Program — www.globalleadersprogram.com — a 9-month incubator for 35 rising change-makers in music. Mark is co-founder of the National Youth Orchestras of the Dominican Republic, Belize, Honduras, and assisted in the launch of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica. Mark is on the founding Advisory Board of the Cuban-American Youth Orchestra.
Mark began his career as an in-house songwriter/producer at Darkchild Studios (2002-2004) under Rodney Jerkins, whose credits include #1 singles for pop artists from Michael Jackson to Justin Bieber. Following Darkchild, Mark worked on projects at Rainbow Studio (Oslo), Studio Victor (Montréal), The Nucleus (Toronto), and other international locations. He was an associate producer of Gabriela Montero’s Ex Patria, winner of ‘Best Classical Album’ at the 2015 Latin Grammy Awards. Mark holds advanced degrees in music and business from McGill University, HEC Montréal, Universitet i Stavanger, and Université Laval. He is an alumnus of the League of American Orchestras’ Management Program in New York. Mark is a Faculty Member of the Salzburg Global Seminar and the Forum for Young Cultural Leaders at Schloss Leopoldskron. He has published articles in Music Theory Review, Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of the Art of Record Production, and elsewhere.