Marko Koumoulas is a young and versatile musician known for his unique innovation, creativity, and intriguing compositions. Known primarily as a composer, Marko is also a multi-instrumentalist. He has many years of experience playing bass, guitar, saxophone, and the didgeridoo.
Marko’s exposure to a wide variety of musical genres and traditions has provided him with a unique perspective on compositional elements and styles. Growing up in a Greek household, Marko was introduced to music from the Balkans and the Middle East from an early age. Unbeknownst to him, this exposure to odd metres, quarter tones and traditional song forms would become the foundation of Marko’s musical sound.
Completing an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University in 2014, Marko has had the privilege of studying composition and musical performance under Matt Brubeck, Barry Elmes, Al Henderson, Lorne Lofsky, and many more. His interest in the didgeridoo has developed into a deeper appreciation of Aboriginal culture and music. Currently pursuing a Master’s of Composition at York University, Marko’s thesis is focusing on developing the first lexicon notation of the didgeridoo.
Combining their mutual passion for film music, Marko and his childhood friend Matthew Chung began the formation of their company, ScoreSound. One of his notable works include the film The Dishwasher, where he had the privilege of working with Canadian singer-songwriter Alexz Johnson. Seeing critical acclaim from festivals throughout the world, The Dishwasher was also nominated for Best Score at the Kerry Film Festival in Ireland.
Marko’s interest for world cultures and music led him to an opportunity composing for traditional Chinese instruments. His piece “Reincarnation Suite” was one of the five scores chosen Canada-wide by the Toronto Dim Sum Ensemble, it premiered on November 16th, 2014. Marko has also had the privilege of writing for local high school jazz orchestras. His first piece “One Way Ticket” was premiered on December 16th, 2014.
Matthew Chung is a graduate of McMaster University and holds Honours Bachelor of Music. During his schooling, he has had the privilege of studying music theory and composition under William Renwick and piano under concert pianist Alexei Gulenco.
Since the formation of Scoresound with his childhood friend Mark Koumoulas, Matthew has had the opportunity to score many award-winning and commercial works both domestically and internationally. Some of his notable works include One, One Thousand, Someone Not there, The B Movie: A Space Odyssey and The Dishwasher which have been nominated and/or have taken home Best Score.
In his spare time, Matthew runs an in-home music school with his partner Lucia and trades Canadian sourced products internationally.