Born in Kendal, Cumbria and coming from a musical family, Mark originally played electric bass in funk and fusion bands, but aged eighteen was inspired to take up the double bass after seeing The Oscar Peterson Trio featuring Ray Brown. In 1995 he moved to London to study Double Bass and Electric Bass at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In late 1998 Mark left London and moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he was based for four years. He returned to the UK in 2002.
Mark has played and recorded with a wide range of musicians, from members of The Police and The Rolling Stones to Paul McCartney, Jamie Cullum, The London Symphony Orchestra and Electronica wizard Matthew Herbert. Jazz artists Mark has worked with include.... Cedar Walton, Phil Woods, Steve Grossman, Randy Brecker, Larry Coryell, Kenny Wheeler and Greg Osby. Since returning to London Mark has been involved in a diverse range of projects, from film music to Hip Hop and R&B records, he has also been a regular member of Bill Bruford’s ‘Earthworks’, Billy Cobham’s ‘Art Of 5’, The Bill Charlap’s European Trio, Tim Garland’s 'Underground Orchestra'. The Julian Joseph Trio featuring Mark Mondesir and a new band co led by pianist Jason Rebello and drummer Jeremy Stacey.