Mark Isham was born in New York City on September 7, 1951. His mother was a violinist and his father taught music and history, so he began studying classical piano, trumpet and violin from an early age. He began his music career as a trumpet player in the Oakland and San Francisco Symphonies and went on to play in various rock and jazz bands. In his early 20s, Isham branched out into electronic music, building a reputation as a synthesiser programmer, although trumpet remained his primary career, and he established a career as a classical trumpeter, jazz stylist, solo instrumentalist and rock guest artist with such high-profile bands as the Rolling Stones. He is in constant demand as a trumpeter and has appeared as a guest musician on the last two Joni Mitchell albums and several Van Morrison records. Isham garnished critical acclaim for his debut album as a solo artist on Vapour Drawings and went on to release two more albums, Castalia and Tibet, for which he received Grammy nominations. His latest album, Miles Remembered: The Silent Way Project was awarded Best Jazz Album in 1999 by the London Times and is a reinterpretation of the late 60s music by Miles Davis. Isham is one of the top Hollywood film composers of today, with a career spanning two decades and over 50 film and TV credits including his debut with Disney's Never Cry Wolf (1983), The Hitcher (1986), Point Break (1991), Little Man Tate (1991), A River Runs Through It (1992), Of Mice and Men (1992), as well as television scores on "Chicago Hope" (1994) and "EZ Streets" (1996) for which he received an Emmy.