Mark Edwards

 

First prize winner in the 2012 Musica Antiqua Bruges International Harpsichord Competition, Canadian harpsichordist and organist Mark Edwards is recognized for his captivating performances, bringing the listener “to new and unpredictable regions, using all of the resources of his instrument, [...] of his virtuosity, and of his imagination” (La Libre Belgique). Since 2016, he has been the Assistant Professor of Harpsichord at Oberlin Conservatory.

 

He has given solo recitals at a number of prominent festival and concert series, including the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Bozar (Brussels), the Montreal Baroque Festival, and Clavecin en concert (Montreal). He has had concerto performances with a number of award-winning ensembles, including Il Gardellino (Belgium), Neobarock (Germany), and Ensemble Caprice (Canada). He's the artistic director of Poiesis, collaborates regularly with Les Boréades de Montréal, and has performed with Il Pomo d’Oro, Pallade Musica, and Flûtes Alors!.

 

Passaggi (ATMA 2013), his first CD with the Canadian recorder player Vincent Lauzer, was nominated for an ADISQ award. His début solo CD, Orpheus Descending, was released in 2017 on the early-music.com label and was reviewed warmly. His performances have been broadcast by American Public Media, the CBC, Klara (Belgium), and Radio 4 (Netherlands).

 

In addition to his success in Bruges, Mark has distinguished himself as a prizewinner in a number of important competitions, including the 2012 Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, the 2011 Concours d’orgue de Québec, and the 2008 Rodland Organ Competition. He is the recipient of academic grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he earned his Bachelor of Music with highest distinction, and completed graduate degrees at McGill University and the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. 

 

He is currently a PhD student at Leiden University and the Orpheus Instituut, Ghent, where his research examines the intersection of memory, improvisation, and the musical work in seventeenth-century France.

www.mark-edwards.ca

Enjoy Mark Edwards in performance at SweetWater 2018

 

Party Like It's 1689!                   Friday, September 21, 2018

Historic Leith Church                                                       8 p.m.