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Dr. Mark Hansen

About Dr. Hansen

Mark R. Hansen is Professor of Music in the Department of Music at Boise State University. Mark is a Steinway Artist and performs as both solo and collaborative pianist, having concertized abroad and throughout the United States. He regularly collaborates with pianist Dr. Svetlana Nagacheskaya-Maddox in a duo-piano ensemble – Duo Tesoro.  Research interest in Catalan piano literature and pedagogical methods inspires regular programming of Spanish composers’ works in performances. His broad musical interests also provide opportunities where he enjoys choral conducting, organ performance, and the composition and publication of sacred choral music.

Dr. Hansen teaches graduate theory courses in analytical procedures as well as graduate and undergraduate majors in piano performance.  Mark’s teachers and coaches have included Joseph Banowetz, Alicia de Larrocha, Paul Pollei, Gladys Gladstone, Alan Ball, and Ricks Knudsen. He has played in the masterclasses of Lili Kraus, Adele Marcus, Illana Vered, Karl Schnabel, Joanne Baker, and Reid Nibley. An experienced pedagogue himself, successes of his own students are numerous—many now hold faculty positions at prominent national and international institutions and have completed advanced degrees with some of the world’s most respected pianists.

Dr. Hansen has recently concluded a nine-year term as chair of the Boise State University Department of Music.  Prior appointments include administrative and/or faculty experience at Gettysburg College, Western Illinois University, Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of Central Arkansas, and Brigham Young University. Educational credentials encompass graduate degrees in piano performance (D.M.A. – University of North Texas, M.M. – Brigham Young University) and an undergraduate degree in music theory (B.M. – University of Utah).