is a Swiss-born, New York-based composer, orchestrator and music producer. Most recently he composed the score to a four-part documentary series (Tending Nature, co-written with Marcus Bagala). He's a sought-after arranger and orchestrator and has worked with the likes of Elliot Goldenthal, John Corigliano, David Newman, Clint Mansell, and others. Among his recent orchestration work is the critically acclaimed Judas and the Black Messiah.
Studying piano and percussion from the age of six, Mark enrolled in the Academy of Music and Schola Cantorum Basel in his home country of Switzerland. "I was naturally inclined to come up with stuff, [but] composing wasn't always my goal," he begins. Although there were a lot of things that he was interested in, the composer decided to apply to only one school — Berklee College of Music — and give it a try.
It was there that Mark discovered film scoring as a profession. "I always liked film music, I loved movies, but it was really a far-fetched concept for me to study that," he says. "It sounds like it was … an accident but it felt almost like it was waiting for me." Entering as a drummer, the young musician switched to a film scoring major. Although the first two years weren't film immersive and had a lot of basic musicianship classes instead, he knew that this was what he wanted to do.
Describing his experience at the institution, Baechle compares it to a garden filled with fresh fruit that he previously never knew existed. Moreover, the music education, and especially composition, in Switzerland was heavily skewed towards European classical new music at the time. "I had a real problem with that. It was a very rigid academic culture and there was only one avenue," he admits. Going to Berklee, he was suddenly exposed to a diverse offering of courses that mesmerized him, while having a sense of belonging in a nurturing and open-minded environment.