Mark Ostyn is perhaps the most exciting musician on the wedding market. Playing the accoustic and electric violin with sumptuous backing track accompaniments to a massive repertoire of songs from Bach to the Beatles, modern pop tracks, folk, Celtic, West End Shows and Bollywood classics.
Mark's classical pedigree guarantees a high class performance and his experience performing across the world in many different musical settings enables him to offer possibly the largest selection of music offered by any wedding performer.
In addition to British and Asian weddings, Mark plays for corporate functions, anniversaries, birthdays and formal concerts.
Mark Ostyn is an English violinist and conductor. Early experiences included 4 years with The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and his training on the violin was completed with the renowned soloist Alfredo Campoli.
Diversity has always been an important aspect in Mark Ostyn''s music-making and after a spell working on the Folk circuit ( as a teenager ) he performed with pop stars like Shirley Bassey, the Bee Gee''s and Tom Jones.
Moving on, Mark worked free-lance as a session studio musician and with major UK orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and Liverpool Royal Philharmonic.
An 18 month spell as leader/assistant conductor of the West End show Seven Brides for Seven Brothers served also as a time of intensive further study on the violin which lead to a considerable amount of work as a recitalist and chamber musician, with numerous tours particularly in the Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire areas for the Arts Council.
In 1987, Mark took up the post of Musician in Residence in Lincoln which involved a huge range of projects, notably as Music Director for a large community play performed at Lincoln Castle, founder and Director of the Lincoln Community Pops Orchestra, running a weekly community concert, and founding the first BBC local Radio classical music programme, which ran for many years.
In 1988 Mark was appointed Musical Director of the Scarborough Spa Orchestra, taking over from Max Jaffa. Here the role was to modernise and upgrade the orchestra which he did in several ways. The orchestra was auditioned for the 1st time in nearly 150 years, BBC radio was brought back for a weekly live broadcast during his second season, the orchestra made its 1st tour and commercial sponsors were brought on board. Added to this a community outreach programme was set up, visiting residential homes, schools and hospitals twice a week. Programmes were themed and guest soloists were encouraged to perform with the orchestra for the first time though orchestral members also had the opportunity to perform concertos in the weekly classical concert. Many pieces were arranged by commission especially for the orchestra and in the very 1st concert Mark Ostyn conducted, 6 pieces by the Strauss family were given their premiere in orchestral form.
Post Scarborough, Mark spent 2 years as a free-lance violinist and conductor before taking the post of Conductor of the Penang State Symphony Orchestra and Choir. During a tenure of nine and a half years, Mark was responsible for a dramatic rise in standards, the launch of a string chamber orchestra, wind ensemble, training orchestra, State aided classes for instrumentalists and a massive increase in concert programmes. Notable high points were tours to Australia and Sarawak, concerts across Malaysia, the recording of 3 CDs mostly with arrangements written by Mark and significantly the 1st album of Malaysian songs to be set for Western orchestra/choir/soloist. In addition to State performances which included entertaining the Prime Minister, Heads of State and Royalty, the orchestra in Penang became much in demand for corporate entertaining, whilst smaller outfits serviced weddings and private functions. Whilst in Malaysia, Mark was also sought after as a free-lance conductor and violinist, working in Australia, Bangkok and Indonesia.
On returning to the UK Mark Ostyn has set up a business as a classical violinist playing for weddings and corporate functions,with Mark soloing to backing tracks from a wide range of musical tastes to include classical concertos, pop classics, jazz, Broadway, Gypsy, Bollywood, standards and much more. Playing a wide range of instruments and with a studio at home, Mark can tailor make arrangements to suit the individual client for that ''special'' piece they might wnt for a wedding entance or signing of the register.
Recent performances include Vaughan William''s ''The Lark Ascending'' by special request of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Bradford Cathedral, also with orchestra in January 2009. Solo performances with orchestra at Festivals, of concertos by Mendelssohn and Max Bruch. Perfomances of ''The Life of Fritz Kreisler in words and music'' in Scarborough and Whitby..
Mark Ostyn has an Education Degree and 2 diplomas on the violin, has worked as an examiner for L.C.M. Thames Valley University, and was in the civil honours list in Malaysia for services to music. He has been performing for weddings for more than 20 years.