Mark Knopfler is a founding member of the band Dire Straits which by the mid-1980s had released Brothers in Arms, one of the best selling albums of all time, and had been tagged 'the biggest band in the world'.
Over the years Mark has collaborated with many artists. He has at one time or other worked with people such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Randy Newman, Buddy Guy, Tina Turner, Phil Lynott, Willy DeVille, Eric Clapton, Waylon Jennings, Chet Atkins, Phil Everly, Vince Gill, Paul Franklin, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Paul Brady, The Chieftains, Ben. E. King, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Joan Armatrading, Scott Walker, Jeff Healey, The Judds, Jimmy Nail, Bryan Ferry, Aztec Camera, Steely Dan, Sting, Sonny Landreth, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
In 1996 Mark began his career as a solo performer with the release of the Golden Heart album. The album was simply a step forward in the evolution of his music, "It's just moving forwards...", he said, "... just trying to be better." Mark's solo career has allowed him to hone his rare talent as a singer/song-writer. With a further six albums released between 2000 and 2009, 2012 saw the release of Mark's eighth solo album, the double CD Privateering.
Mark has been the recipient of countless awards and accolades from Grammies to an OBE. In May 1993 he was conrerred with an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree by Newcastle University of which he is justly proud. He also has honorary music doctorates from the universities of Leeds and Sunderland. In 1999, Mark was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Honours List. Many more honours have followed such as an ARPS Sound Fellowship (2009) bestowed on individuals who have made a "significant contribution to the art, science or business of sound recording", a PRS Music Heritage Award (2009) and an Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award (2012).