Biography

Two time Emmy-nominated composer Mark Koval has a long history composing music for television. His music can be heard in such long-running shows as Batman: the Animated Series, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, and the popular children’s series Bobby’s World, starring Howie Mandel. His feature film credits include the suspense thriller The Guest House and the cult horror favorite Love Bites. In 2014, he received an International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) nomination for his work on Batman: the Animated Series. Mark has also scored several feature length documentaries including director Debra Tolchinsky’s Fast Talk, Paul Moreno’s iBully, and Mark Harrington’s Ministry of Fab.

In addition to his work in film and television, Mark is actively involved in the concert music world. His civil rights oratorio We the People (for which he wrote both music and lyrics) has been performed throughout the United States. His large-scale orchestral work, Entropy, received its first performance by the Minnesota Orchestra in 2004. In 2009, his Concerto for Harp was premiered in Los Angeles with harpist Marcia Dickstein as the soloist. In 2007, Mark was sponsored by Harvard University as composer-in-residence at the home of the late composer Sir William Walton, on the Italian island of Ischia.

Mark’s scores for television have been honored with two Emmy Award nominations. His music has been recognized by grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, the Sundance Film Institute, the Fromm Foundation of Harvard University, the Minnesota Orchestra, the William Walton Trust Foundation, and Meet the Composer.