Master of Music in Composition - San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music in Composition, Bassoon Performance, and Music Education - magna cum laude - University of Cincinnati (CCM) - 2012
His music being praised as "a beauty," (Music in Cincinnati), Marko Bajzer (b. 1989) is a Croatian-American musician and artist based in San Francisco. His music often uncovers the beauty of simplicity and is influenced by post-minimalism, impressionism, romanticism, modern life, and humor.
Bajzer has written for a variety of media, including wind ensemble, orchestra, chamber music, voice, and electronics. His works have been performed by such ensembles as the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, the CCM Brass Choir, the CCM Chamber Players, San Francisco Choral Artists, Yerba Buena Brass Quintet, Splinter Reeds Quintet, the Blue Lake Festival Band, and numerous pick-up chamber groups. Bajzer’s current projects include a piece for orchestra and narrator entitled “I Read it on Reddit: a Gen-Y Symphony,” which draws inspiration from the popular, social news/entertainment website, reddit.com. His piece, “Zrikavac” was a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition, and “Wind Sextet,” was selected for the CCM SCI Recording Project. His primary teachers include Mason Bates, Joel Hoffman, Dan Becker, Douglas Knehans, Ellen Harrison, Michael Fiday, and David Schneider. He is currently a Lecturer in Music Theory and Composition at California State University - East Bay.
Bajzer is also an active performer. His passion stems from sharing with the audience obscure works that are high in quality. He is currnetly an artist in residence with the Lincoln Theatre where he is the 2nd bassoonist in Symphony Napa Valley. Previously He was the principal bassoonist of the Austin (MN) Symphony Orchestra and the Mayo Clinic Chamber Symphony Orchestra. An active soloist, Bajzer was featured by the Rochester Chamber Music Society and the Mayo Clinic Chamber Symphony Orchestra. His primary teachers include William Winstead, John Miller, Martin James, and Jennifer Welch.
Bajzer’s work as a composer and performer has naturally led him to also produce various concerts and series. While in Cincinnati, he helped produce a series of American Music Recitals through Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. In San Francisco he was a co-producer for the Hot Air Music Festival, a day-long marathon of new music taking place at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For four years he served as the Managing Director of Mercury Soul, an organization that produces a shows that combine classical music and electronic dance music led by Mason Bates.
It is important to enable others to participate in music and to educate future generations of musicians. Bajzer has taught music from preschool all the way up to the university level, currently teaching music theory and composition at California State University - East Bay and the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. He has taught at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Rochester Catholic School District in Rochester, Minnesota, the KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory, and in the Napa Preschool District as part of the Artist-in-Residence program at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center. Additionally, he offers private lessons on bassoon, and theory/ composition.
Bajzer has produced a number of paintings and sculptures, the latter of which has utilized shards of broken mirror as the primary medium. As an artist aims to find a balance between abstraction and personal connection, creating paintings that take symbols with personal meaning and reimagining them with creative and aesthetically pleasing designs. His primary influences are Mondrian; his godfather, Marko Spalatin; and stained glass windows.
Bajzer earned his bachelors degree (B.M.) from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he majored in composition, bassoon performance, and music education. He obtained his masters degree (M.M.) in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dan Becker and Mason Bates. He presently resides in San Francisco with his three plants: Cornelia, Cornelia, and Jeff.