Colin Mack is a native of Ottawa born in 1957. Initially influenced by the music of Olivier Messiaen, formal composition studies were with Steven Gellman, Michel Longtin, André Prévost and Serge Garant. A three-time recipient of the Ontario/Québec Exchange Fellowship, he obtained a Master of Music in composition from the University of Montréal in 1985. In 2006 he was one of three composers chosen for Pacific Opera's liblab.
Mr. Mack's compositions include a variety of solo, chamber, orchestral, vocal, choral and film works, which have been recorded for CBC, Radio-Canada, and the NFB. Commissions and grants have come from the Ontario Arts Council, Espace Musique, City of Ottawa, and Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa. His music has been performed in Canada, the United States and Poland. His song cycle "The Names of Water" with text by Sharon Singer was released on the CD "Hail" (CanSona Arts Media, 2006). His solo CD "Imprints" was released in 2009 (CanSona). In 2011, Music and Beyond presented a retrospective concert of his music at the National Gallery of Canada performed by the Chamber Players of Canada.
Mr.Mack is married to pianist Claudia Cashin-Mack.
They have been musical collaborators for over 35 years.