Mark Simons is a leading Bay Area guitarist and veteran member of the groundbreaking San Francisco Guitar Quartet whose natural musicality and impressive technique have long been critically acclaimed. He has presented numerous concerts, both as soloist and chamber musician throughout New England, the Mid Atlantic, California, and Germany. Recent touring with the San Francisco Guitar Quartet has included Texas, Florida, Arizona, Guam, and the Republic of Taiwan. Mark has also toured with the Grammy Award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and currently performs in duet with flutist Catherine Payne of the San Francisco Symphony. Mr. Simons has released three critically acclaimed recordings with the San Francisco Guitar Quartet, including the 2003 SFGQ release Compadres, which was awarded “Top CD of 2003” by Acoustic Guitar magazine.
Mr. Simons was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Guitar Performance to Stuttgart, Germany and received both the Outstanding Graduate and Chamber Music Departmental Awards from the University of Southern California School of Music where he was an Assistant Lecturer and Outreach Coordinator for the Guitar Department. Mark Simons holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Tufts University, The University of Southern California, and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
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