Mark Coughlan is a major figure in the cultural life of Perth. He is a pianist, conductor, artistic director, gallery owner, music critic and lecturer and has been closely involved with many arts and education organisations in Perth and nationally.
Mark was the founder and artistic director of the Government House Ballroom concert series, Music on the Terrace, and directs the annual New Year’s Eve concerts at Perth Concert Hall. For eight years he held the position of Head of the School of Music at the University of Western Australia and maintains close connections with both UWA and WAAPA, where he is an Advisory Board Member.
For more than 10 years, Mark was a board member then CEO of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He has previously been a director of Musica Viva Australia and was chairman of AMEB Ltd, Australia’s largest music education publisher and examination organisation. For 14 years he was a music writer for The Australian newspaper and is a member of the judging panel for the national performing arts awards, the Helpmann Awards.
Mark is the founder and director of the Orangery Gallery, a restored arts space showcasing West Australian artists and musicians.
Mark studied in Perth and London and holds Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from UWA, where he won five university prizes. He is a three-times finalist for West Australian of the Year in the Arts and Culture category.