Born in Berlin, Mark Ehrenfried’s early piano instruction stressed touch, expression and clarity. “In order to achieve absolute control over the keyboard”, his first teacher would not allow any use of the piano pedals. Up to this day, it has always remained one of Mark Ehrenfried’s principles that playing the piano would mean to permanently work on a reduction of the unnecessary. According to Mark Ehrenfried, “piano-playing is the high art of doing as little as absolutely necessary, entirely eliminating unnecessary movements or exaggerated devotion. Only then, can whatever one nevertheless chooses to do, have any significance at all”.
At seven years old, he made his debut playing a full-length piano solo concert, shortly followed by numerous performances on German TV, as well as public performances of Mozart’s piano-concerti. Having gained prominence for his interpretations of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, he published his first CD-album at 9 years of age. Today, although he plays Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, his repertory centers on composers such as Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Sinding and Godowsky.
After the first few years of his career as a pianist, he decided to concentrate on composing his own music, saying “I have always composed, mostly for myself, and not very seriously. I felt it was about time to explore new territories, and I rather quickly found that composing enabled me to further enhance my understanding of the piano as an instrument”. His 2020 piano-solo album Tomorrow exclusively consists of his own works. When asked to describe the style of his compositions, he just says: “no-one is judge in his own cause”.