Steve Edwards – Leader, guitar
Brilliant guitarist and composer Steve Edwards is the dynamic powerhouse behind the exceptional Steve Edwards Orchestra.
Born into a musical family from Nashville, Tennessee and a former child prodigy, Mr. Edwards'
exquisite technique, breathtaking musicality, and charismatic stage presence have established his
reputation as one of the foremost guitarists of his
generation—continually captivating audiences with his
electrifying energy and superb musicianship.
began playing piano at the age of five and began studying guitar at age eleven after hearing a classical guitar recital at his
church on Easter Sunday.
Since then, Edwards
has concertized throughout the United States and Europe as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist—as well as half of the renowned Edwards-Simmons Guitar Duo.
After receiving his
bachelor's degree on a scholarship to DePaul University
, where he
studied with legendary guitarist Leon Borkowski, Mr. Edwards
Master's degree at DePaul
under the instruction of Mark Maxwell.
has studied and worked with such world-famous guitarists as Pepé Romero, Christopher Parkening, Denis Azabagic, Douglas Niedt, and Robert Guthrie.
An exceptionally talented classical guitarist, Mr. Edwards received the distinguished honor of runner up in the Society of American Musicians Guitar Competition.
A versatile chamber musician, Mr. Edwards's preeminent performance career has included collaborations with many notable artists, including flamenco guitarist Carlos Montoya, legendary jazz pianist George Shearing, and violin virtuoso Gidon Kremer.
extensive theatre credits include The Goodman Theatre's
production of Fecerico García-Lorca's "Yerma" and Light Opera Works'
production of "Man of La Mancha.
Recordings of Mr. Edwards
have been featured on national broadcasts by Chicago's fine arts radio station, 98.7WFMT as well as on Radio France.
Having played in bands since the age of eleven, Mr. Edwards formed the Steve Edwards Orchestra in 1994.
has devoted a lifetime of experience to performing and has appeared in concert with Dave Mason, Buddy Guy, and George Shearing.
Mr. Edwards is a prolific composer and arranger for film and live theatre.
compositions on Guitarra Azul's debut CD Mariposa have received great acclaim as well as enthusiastic reception from audiences nationwide.
direction and the technical skill of the orchestra's professional audio engineers guarantees that the sound of The Steve Edwards Orchestra
is beautiful and tasteful—never obtrusive—during dinner music and throughout the evening.