Mark Costa is an electric bassist, music arranger and composer based in Sydney. Mark has performed and toured with numerous international and local artists including The Temptations, Tom Jones, Thelma Houston, Leo Sayer, Debbie Reynolds, Go West, David Hasselhoff, Chris Isaak, Shannon Noll, Guy Sebastian, Marcia Hines, Margaret Urlich, James Morrison, Emma Pask, John Foreman and the 2012 Long Way To The Top Australian tour.
As a session musician, Mark can be heard on countless recordings and jingles including The Prayer by Anthony Callea, which won the Highest Selling Single Award at the 2005 ARIA Awards. Other notable credits include major theatrical productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease – The Arena Spectacular, Shout, Hair, Footloose and TV shows such as The Gold Telethon (2015), Young Talent Time Grand Final (2014), NSW Schools Spectacular (2005), Strictly Dancing, Have A Go and The Midday Show (1990-92). Between 2003-2009, Mark was the resident bassist and one of the music arrangers for the popular TV series Australian Idol.
Mark’s musical arrangement credits include The Voice (2012), Carols by Candlelight, NSW Schools Spectacular (2005 & 2006), Dusty – The Musical, Oh What a Night, Priscilla – Queen Of The Desert, Brisbane School Spectacular (2006) and Rotary International.
In August 2010, Mark released his debut CD, TEXTURES featuring eight of his original compositions and a stellar jazz-fusion ensemble. This recording was the Featured Album on the ABC Jazz radio network during November that year and still continues to receive regular airplay.
Mark holds a MMus in Composition and is currently a PhD candidate in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Mark is also an online instructor for the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has lectured in most of the major universities across Sydney including the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Institute of Music.