The English-born conductor, pianist and harpsichordist Professor Mark Tatlow was educated at Rugby School; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; Goldsmiths’ College, London; the Royal Academy of Music; and the National Opera Studio.
Initially appointed to the music staffs of the Glyndebourne Festival and of Kent Opera, Mark first came to Drottningholms Slottsteater in 1985, as chief coach and chorus master, combining the Swedish summer seasons with the post of Assistant Conductor at the Opéra de Nice, 1987-1989. He returned Drottningholms Slottsteater in 2006 as Artistic Director and has since conducted Sweden’s first Monteverdi cycle, Handel’s operas Xerxes and Ariodante, Haydn’s Il mondo della luna, and in the 2010 season two Mozart operas, La Finta Giardiniera and Don Giovanni.
Over the past thirty years Mark has conducted many neglected baroque masterpieces such as Melani’s Girello, Pallavicino’s Bassiano and Leo’s Demofoonte (all at the International Vadstena Academy) as well as the standard operatic repertoire from Figaro to Die Fledermaus and Falstaff. His performances are always characterised by scrupulous musical and vocal preparation, rhythmic vitality and close attention to the declamation of the sung text. His concert work encompasses a wide repertoire including a much-acclaimed performance of Handel’s Messiah in April 2010 with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. As a chamber musician, on the harpsichord, fortepiano and pianoforte, he has a long-term collaboration with soprano Susanne Rydén, resulting in many concerts, tours and recordings.
Mark’s engagement with the education of young musicians has spanned his entire career, from the Education Project of Kent Opera in the 1980s, via Director of Music at St Paul’s School in London 1996-2003, to the University College of Opera, Stockholm, where he became Professor of Musical Studies in 2002 and Pro-Rektor in 2009.
He is concurrently Artistic Advisor to Scandinavia’s only specialist music school, Lilla Akademien (the Junior Academy in Stockholm), where he has been involved from its inception in the 1990s to today. In all educational endeavours Mark works to pass on musical insights to the next generation empowering students to experience great music prepared to the highest levels. His identification with the needs of young singers and musicians motivates the collaboration at tertiary level between Drottningholm and the University College of Opera (The Drottningholm Young Artists’ Programme), and at secondary level, to rehearse and conduct the Lilla Akademien senior school orchestras, directing them in many prestigious concerts, foreign tours and national television broadcasts such as the 2009 Polar Prize awarded to Maestro José Antonio Abreu and Mr Peter Gabriel.
Mark serves on the boards of the Research Centre for Opera and Technology, a collaborative research group based at The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH) and Klaverens Hus, a museum dedicated to the preservation of Swedish historical keyboard instruments. He was awarded the honorary medal of the Friends of Drottningholms Slottsteater in 1996, and the Wallenstam Prize in 2008.