Mark Edwards began his life dedication to the classical guitar after seeing guitarist Benjamin Verdery play a concert in Boaz, Alabama. For further inspiration, he looked to the great masters of the guitar, such as Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, and David Russell.
Mark’s major teachers during this formative time were Julian Gray, Dr. Andrew Zohn, and Douglas Back. Mark has been performing concerts since the young age of 14 and competing since 13.
He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, and Germany. Recent engagements include Trinity Church in New York City, ArtScape in Baltimore, The Toronto Guitar Symposium, the Montgomery Guitar Week, the Mississippi Guitar Festival, the Guitar Forum Guest Artist Series at Salisbury University, the Piedmont Guitar Workshop in Virginia, the Village Music Series, and the AfterNow Music Series at the Red Room, a venue recently featured in Rolling Stone.
From 1998 to present, Mark has earned 32 top prizes in Thailand, Canada, and the United States. These prizes include the 2010 Asia International Guitar Competition, the 2009 Montreal International Guitar Competition, the 2008 National Guitar Workshop/National D’Addario Solo Competition, Le Concours International de Guitare de Lachine, the Portland Guitar Festival XVI, and the Rosario International Guitar Competition. Contact the artist for performance fees.
The Segovia Tradition: Keeping the tradition of the virtuoso guitarist alive, Mark Edwards performs a collection of works representing highlights of the guitar music. Ranging from powerful flamenco rhythms of Joaquin Turina to the poetic bel canto melodies of Italian virtuoso Guilio Regondi, the drama, and range of emotion of guitar repertoire cannot be overstated.
The solo guitar program: Explore the guitar's ability to cross international borders, with each of these composers struggling to bring the traditional music of their people to the same level of prestige as the classical symphony. Celebrated Spanish composers included on this program are Joaquin Turina, Federico Moreno Torroba, and Vicente Asencio. Contact the artist regarding fees.