Guitarist Mark Simons has been active professionally for over two decades. He has appeared on National Public Radio and television and toured briefly as a member of the renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Mark performs as a soloist, in duet and is a member of the groundbreaking San Francisco Guitar Quartet.
Mark Simons has trained with leading artists in classical and contemporary styles and is an honors graduate of the New England Conservatory, Tufts University, the University of Southern California and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Mark is the recipient of Fulbright and Peabody scholarships and was the winner of the Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition.
A sought after teacher in a variety of styles, Mark Simons has taught in Boston, Stuttgart, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Baltimore and Santa Barbara. He currently instructs privately in San Francisco’s Marina District, and at the City College of San Francisco.
“A warm generous performer with a confident and engaging presence. Wonderful, musical playing. Listening to Mark Simons is always a delight.”
– Clare Callahan of the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Panel
“Mark’s playing ranges from the fiery to the poetic. His technique is impressive but is always used in the service of his artistic vision.”
– John Holmquist, Cleveland Institute of Music
“Mark has always show himself to be a highly intelligent, serious minded individual with a natural expressiveness on his instrument.”
– William Kanengiser, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
“Mark is an excellent performer who consistently displays a very high level of musicianship both as a soloist and in chamber music settings. He is not just another virtuoso, but shows a balanced well-rounded musicianship with attention to style and sensitivity to his fellow performers.”
– Dusan Bogdanovic, San Francisco Conservatory of Music