Mark Ainley is a specialist in multiple disciplinary fields. Since his teens he has been active in the curating of and research of historical piano recordings and has gained an international reputation as an expert in this arena: he has written about several legendary pianists for International Piano magazine, Classical Recordings Quarterly, and International Classical Recordings Collector, as well as CD liner notes for various international labels.
Mark is particularly recognized as a leading authority on the life and recordings of the legendary pianist Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950), an EMI recording artist who died having made only 3 hours of records that have been critically lauded as among the finest piano performances ever put on disc. Mark’s extensive worldwide research into lost recordings of the pianist helped uncover unique copies of never-before-released live and private performances by the pianist, adding over two hours to his scant discography.
Mark’s professional life in the last 15 years has been focused on helping individuals bring integration to their lives, primarily through a contemporary approach to timeless Feng Shui principles, hence his having coined the phrase Contemporary Feng Shui. Mark came across the ancient modality in 1996 when living in London and trained in Vancouver with Rhea Peake (Enviromancy) in 2001, and he has been practicing professionally ever since. Starting in 2003 he began teaching and consulting in Japan, where he had spent half of his ‘90s as a teacher and DJ, and he travels there multiple times annually to present workshops, consult on home and commercial properties, and train new consultants. His practical, common-sense use of the foundational theories behind the well-known but culturally-weighted practice help him create environments that are both functional and aesthetically aligned. His web posts on the topic synthesize universal principles of how energy moves through and takes root in physical form into common-sense, practical applications that can be incorporated into functional and aesthetically designed spaces.