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Classical Guitarist Mark Akin in Concert
November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm$15
The Springfield Classical Guitar Society presents a performance by classical guitarist Mark Akin in downtown Springfield. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors; they will be available at the door.
Award-winning classical guitarist W. Mark Akin is a St. Louis based musician who has engaged audiences across the country with his dynamic on-stage presence and musicality.
Mark has won prizes in numerous competitions such as the Wilson Center Guitar Competition in Wisconsin, Beethoven Club Competition in Memphis, the University of Arizona’s Beeston Competition and Sholin Competition, and was most recently selected as a winner of the Artist Presentation Society of St Louis Competition.
Originally from Tennessee, Mark started his guitar studies by learning to play electric hard rock, idolizing guitarists such as Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Eddie Van Halen. After discovering the classical guitar in high school, he then decided to study the instrument full-time and subsequently received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in guitar performance from Belmont University in Nashville, and the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has performed in master classes and taken lessons with some of the greatest guitarists in the world, namely Sergio and Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Jason Vieaux, Olivier Chassain, Marcin Dylla, and Adam Holzman.
An active teacher, Mark has taught innumerable private lessons, been an educator for the non-profit Lead Guitar program in Arizona, and currently teaches with the St. Louis Guitar Society’s Public School Guitar Initiative. This program establishes guitar programs in inner city public schools in the greater St. Louis area.
He recently released his first CD, Crimson Tower, featuring Romantic and Modern classical guitar pieces. “Mark Akin, is a young man with a very mature musicality, his technique and sense of rhythm are those of a real professional musician. I really enjoyed this recording. Bravo Mark” —Jorge Morel