Notable works include Twenty Variations for flute and piano (1983) premiered by Rachel Rudick and Marty Goldray at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1983; the internationally acclaimed pianist David Holzman premiered his 1986 piano solo Dissolving Images at Merkin Concert Hall in 1991 and later took the work on a U.S. tour; Waves for orchestra was premiered at Carnegie Hall by the New York Youth Symphony as part of the First Music Series in 1988; his 1993 composition Quintet for clarinet, two violins, viola and 'cello, commissioned by the Fromm Foundation and premiered in 1996 by Contempo on the final Paul Fromm Concert given at the university; and Silent Moon for orchestra (1998) written for and premiered by the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and the first in an on going series of works inspired by Tarot cards. A Fool’s Journey a mixed chamber ensemble piece commissioned by Parnassus for their 25th anniversary concert was composed and premiered in 1999 at Merkin Concert Hall.
He has won honors from ASCAP, BMI, the American Academy of Arts & Letters, League-ISCM, New Music Consort and the Gaudeamus Foundation. In addition Mr. Gustavson has been awarded the Joseph H. Bearns Prize in Music and a Fulbright Fellowship. He has received commissions from, among others, the Brooklyn Heights Music Society, Parnassus, Fromm Foundation, Koussevitzky Music Foundation and the New York Youth Symphony and recording grants from the Alice M. Ditson Fund and Aaron Copland Recording Fund.
Gustavson's works have been performed throughout North America and Europe and represented on prestigious festivals such as Sonic Boom, Tanglewood, Banff, Fromm and Gaudeamus and published by C. F. Peters Corp. Go to Store for information on purchasing and renting performance materials.
"...new and substantial...Mark Gustavson's 'Fool's Journey' acted out the iconography of tarot cards..."
-New York Times
"...the form was ingenious."
"Precisely this balance and contrast of intimacy and wildness, of contemplation and sweeping gestures, of mystery and forcefulness, gives a sense of vision and completeness to this rich work."
"But the brief intricate second movement showed the strong potential of the composer..."
-Chicago Sun Times
"...an adroitly constructed compendium of tantalizing rhythmic variations."
"Conversation in New York", Contemporary Music Review, Volume 10, American Composers: The Emerging Generation, pp. 121 - 132.