Mark Coughlan is a concert pianist, musical director, educator and writer, and is the Chief Executive Officer of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO).
Prior to taking on this role, Mark was a member of the Board of Directors of WASO and the West Australian Youth Orchestra, Chairman of the Government House Foundation of Western Australia, Chairman of Lost and Found Opera, Artistic Director of the Government House Ballroom concert series, which he established in 2006, a council member of the St George’s Cathedral Foundation for the Arts, and a music critic for The Australian newspaper.
Mark has been a member of the Board of Directors of Musica Viva Australia and was Federal Chairman of the Australian Music Examinations Board, Australia’s largest music examination and publishing company. He has also been Chairman of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and was Head of the School of Music at the University of Western Australia for eight years. For several years, he lectured in piano pedagogy at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, where he still gives piano masterclasses and performance workshops.
Mark was previously Executive Director of the Leeming Medical Group, a general medical practice in the southern suburbs of Perth.
Mark studied in Perth and London and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Western Australia, where he won five University prizes. He has twice been a finalist for West Australian of the Year in the Arts and Culture category.