Mark Willsher has an extensive background in music production as Producer, Engineer, and Editor. He is known for his work (as a music editor) with Howard Shore and Peter Jackson on the scores for “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King”. Equally at home in a variety of genres – in the same time period Mark also mixed Michael Franti and Spearhead’s iconic “Stay Human” album, and John Adams “The Dharma at Big Sur; My Father Knew Charles Ives” – featuring Tracy Silverman (electric violin) and the BBC Symphony.
More recently, Mark has been working with Dario Marianelli, Patrick Doyle, Bill Whelan, John Lunn, and Isobel Waller-Bridge on their scores for “The Secret Garden”, “Death on the Nile”, “Riverdance: The Movie”, “Downton Abbey”, and “Emma.” respectively; as well as mixing projects for New Zealand composers Stephen Gallagher and David Long, Folk singer-songwriter Emily Jane White, Tim Gomringer of the production duo known as CuBeatz, and a special Dolby Atmos release of Henry Brant’s Ice Field for the San Francisco Symphony.
Other recent highlights include restoration editing of the original Star Wars film score recordings, producing and engineering the St Lawrence String Quartet’s box set of Haydn Opus 20 quartets (recorded at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall), and being awarded the 2019 Golden Reel “Special Venue” trophy for Google’s “Age of Sail” VR project (with composer Scot Stafford) – for which he was both music editor and score mixer.
Since 2016 Mr. Willsher resides in North London with his wife, violinist Cecily Ward, and their two Portuguese water dogs.