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Mark Edwards Plays K.466 by Domenico Scarlatti

Classical Guitarist Mark Edwards plays Scarlatti Sonata K.466

Sunburst by Mark Edwards Guitar

Chris Kilvington wrote in a 1990 issue of Classical Guitar, “I’ve seen quite a number of York scores and he really does write expertly in his style, cool sometimes, occasionally poignant, and elsewhere creating chic flash which is irresistible to the ear. ’Sunburst’ falls into this latter category.”

Torroba Sonatina: Allegro by Mark Edwards Guitar

The third movement of Federico Moreno Torroba's Sonatina for guitar.

Electric Counterpoint II by Mark Edwards Guitar

The second movement of Electric Counterpoint, first recorded by Pat Metheny, but reinterpreted with 14 new tracks by Mark.

MARK EDWARDS, guitarist

“If you want to hear the best, you will want to catch Mark Edwards.”

Asian-American guitarist Mark Edwards has been hailed by the Montgomery Advertiser as a player who “transfers to another zone, effortlessly strumming, plucking and picking a variety of classical masterpieces with clarity.” Susan Brall writes, “If you want to hear the best, you will want to catch Mark Edwards performing…His talent is unbelievable.”

Where does Mark come from?

Mark’s love for the classical guitar began in a small town called Boaz, Alabama. In Boaz, Mark played in his first musical competition, under the guidance of Douglas Back. After winning his first competition in Boaz at age 12, Mark knew he has found his life’s calling. Fast forward 20 years, 3 schools, and 4 music degrees and Mark is now a doctoral candidate researching the music of Napoleon Coste.

Where is Mark going?

Now a seasoned artist and performer, Mark has traveled the globe sharing his music with audiences from Russia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America. Even though every audience is unique, Mark is proud to have played in Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium, Saint Catherine’s Summer Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia and The Howard Theater in Washington D.C. As one of Maryland’s most gifted musicians, Mark joined the Maryland State Arts Council Touring Artist Roster. When not playing solo, Mark is making music with the Atlantic Guitar Quartet and the D.C. Guitar Trio.

How did Mark getting there?

Since Mark partook in his first musical contest at age 12, he has gone on to win 34 competitions in Washington D.C., across North America, and around the world. He was particularly honored to win in the 2010 Asia International Guitar Competition held in Bangkok, Thailand. Before winning in Southern Asia, Mark won first in major city centers in every corner of North America. During this time, Mark was lucky to win from Montreal to Dallas and from Portland to Connecticut. Besides competing, Mark has been featured on six recordings since 2000.

What else does Mark do?

Besides being an avid soccer and football fan, Mark makes time to teach at the Peabody Preparatory. As a college teacher, Mark teaches guitar and music fundamentals at Frederick Community College. Along with teaching, Mark directs the contemporary music program at Ark & Dove in Odenton, Maryland.

The Atlantic Guitar Quartet (AGQ)

Founded in 2010, the Atlantic Guitar Quartet is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to promoting the music of living composers. Through virtuosic performances, innovative programming and collaborations with other visual and performing artists, AGQ has broadened the repertoire for – and the definition of – the classical guitar quartet.

Each of the four members, Mark Edwards, Kevin Shannon, Zoe Johnstone Stewart and Jonathan Zwi, have enjoyed extensive solo performing and teaching careers since receiving advanced degrees from the Peabody Conservatory. As a group, AGQ has performed as part of the Evolution Contemporary Music series and the Spring Stage Performances series, and at Salisbury University, York College of Pennsylvania, Harford Community College and the Jordan Faye Contemporary Art Gallery. They have been artists-in-residence at the Engineers Club of the Garret-Jacobs Mansion in Baltimore since 2010. In addition to their performances, the quartet has also been invited to teach master classes and workshops at Salisbury University and the Mid Atlantic Guitar Ensemble Festival.

AGQ has been proactive in expanding the repertoire of the classical guitar quartet by commissioning new works. With major institutional support by the Presser Foundation and the Peabody Conservatory, AGQ has premiered pieces by American composers David Smooke, Christopher Gainey and Ronald Pearl. These works, along with music by composer Olivier Bensa and Arvo Pärt, are featured on the quartet’s debut CD (released in November of 2013).

The quartet’s other world premieres include performances of works by Joshua Bornfield (written for AGQ and commissioned by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society), Lewis Krauthamer (in performance with Gene Young and the Peabody Camerata), Philip Ravita (by invitation of the Baltimore Composers Forum), Julien Xuereb, Alan Thomas, Aaron Silverstein and Jerry Tabor (in a premiere recording).

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Guitarist Mark Edwards has been hailed by the Montgomery Advertiser as a player who “transfers to another zone, effortlessly strumming, plucking and picking a variety of classical masterpieces with clarity.”   Recent engagements in past seasons include Trinity Church in New York City, ArtScape in... more

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