St. Louis Classical Guitar presents guitarist W. Mark Akin at the High Low Listening Room as part of our Local Spotlight series.
Parking: The public parking lot for the High Low Listening Room is located directly behind the building on Samuel Shepard Drive. Please enter the building on the side door off of Leonard Street. Bio: 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 a winner of the Artist Presentation Society of St Louis Competition. In June 2022 Mark was a Featured Artist for the Missouri Arts Council. 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, and Jason Vieaux, Olivier Chassain, Marcin Dylla, and Adam Holzman. An active teacher, Mark has taught innumerable private lessons, is on faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, and also teaches with St. Louis Classical Guitar’s “Guitar Horizons” education initiative. This program establishes guitar programs in inner city public schools and schools in the greater St. Louis area. You can hear Mark on the weekly radio program “Inside Classical Guitar,” airing every Monday night at 8:00 PM on Classic 107.3.