Mark Portmann’s music has been heard all over the world, with millions of records sold. Coming from modest Midwest origins, as a young man Mark made the move to LA, where he soon established himself as a respected and trusted professional and now has over twenty years of experience, is credited on over 300 major label albums, has nine Grammy nominations and 10 writer ASCAP/BMI awards. As a producer, Mark has worked with some of the today’s best and brightest pop vocal talents including Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and many more. In other genres, he has also worked with Christina Aguilera, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Josh Groban, Luis Miguel, Chris Botti and Il Volo.
His discography also features an extensive list of writing, producing and arrangement credits for top Latino, Jazz and Classical artists. Mark’s credits as a composer include everything from film and TV soundtracks, to box office trailer music and commercials, to theme songs for shows like “General Hospital.” His work has appeared on all the major broadcast networks and cable channels ranging from Showtime and The Disney Channel to Univision and BET.
As an arranger/orchestrator, Mark has worked with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Prague Symphony (20 recordings in 2014), The Hollywood Recording Orchestra and others. Mark also has worked with major film stars like Tom Cruise for the film “Rock of Ages” and Drew Barrymore for her performance in “Lucky You.” His very first recording session in LA was at the behest of mega-producer David Foster who chose him to arrange Barbra Streisand’s hit “Back to Broadway,” earning Mark his first Grammy nomination.
He recently served as the Musical Director for live TV concerts at the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts for recording artist George Perris, and also the producer/musical director for PBS debut artist Roxanna. Mark began playing piano at the age of 5 and began studying at College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati shortly thereafter. By the time he was 14, he was chosen to study at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. From there, he attended the University of Miami and began his professional musical career under the mentorship of producer David Foster. He soon went on to work with industry titans like Quincy Jones, Phil Ramone and others.