Mark Hutchinson


Mark Hutchinson is a musicologist, pianist and oboist specialising in contemporary music. His research focusses primarily upon questions of coherence, expression and meaning in works from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His first book, Coherence in New Music: Experience, Aesthetics, Analysis, was published by Ashgate in July 2016; it blends close readings of works by Thomas Adès, Kaija Saariaho, Tōru Takemitsu and György Kurtág (among others) with explorations of the overlaps between musicology, philosophy and perception. He has published articles and reviews in Contemporary Music Review, Tempo and Empirical Musicology Review. As a pianist and piano accompanist, he has regularly played in the Late Music concert series based in York, premiering works by Valerie Pearson, Peter Reynolds, Michael Nyman and James Williamson, among others. He also runs the Piano Ensemble at the University of York, which specialises in the performance of contemporary repertoire for multiple pianos. Particular areas of current interest include the intersection of music and literature in texted and untexted works; moment form and ephemeral expression; the resurgence of sublime aesthetics in post-millennial art; and the use of quotation, pastiche and cultural memory in this repertoire.