Mark Opstad began his musical education as a chorister at Bristol Cathedral. He studied music at Oxford University where he was Organ Scholar of Balliol College. He continued his studies at Cambridge University where he was Assistant Organist of Clare College. He studied the organ with David Sanger.
Mark Opstad was awarded an Entente Cordiale Scholarship by the British and French governments, allowing him to continue his organ studies in France. He studied the organ with Lynne Davis at the Caen Conservatoire where he was awarded the Médaille d’Or.
Mark was Organist and Assistant to the director of the Maîtrise de Caen for two years, before being appointed Professor of Choral Music at the Toulouse Conservatoire where he created and directs the Maîtrise de Toulouse.
In addition to his work with the Maîtrise, Mark has given organ recitals in seven European countries. He has also played for the Orchestre du Capitole and has appeared as a soloist alongside the orchestra. As a pianist Mark is in demand as an accompanist, notably for the annual English Choral Experience festival at Abbey Dore (UK). Mark also regularly composes and arranges choral music.