Biography

Marc Garvin is a guitar soloist, chamber music performer and well-known instructor.  He’s performed regularly with Houston’s classical music triad:  the Symphony, Grand Opera, and Ballet.  He’s accompanied Italian soprano Cecilia Bartoli, New Zealand’s Hayley Westenra, and legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.  The Houston Ballet tapped him as solo guitarist for its American premier of Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances.  Whether performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Music Ensemble, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., or as a recitalist through the Texas Commission on the Arts, his enthusiasm and musicality has charmed audiences throughout the United States and Canada.  Calling Houston home, Marc made the airwaves vibrate on Houston Public Radio (KUHF-88.7 FM), where he co-hosted Pulling Strings – a weekly show for music lovers with an ear for instruments that are picked, plucked, and strummed.

Recent public performances include The Houston Grand Opera’s Premier of “Pieces of 9/11: Memories from Houston”.  This seven-part song cycle written by Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, Moby Dick) and librettist Gene Scheer (Three Decembers, Moby Dick) fused stories from those who were affected by, or responded to, the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.  Other recent performances include, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Romancero Gitano” with The University of Houston’s chamber choir, “Aprille Phollies” with The Piping Rock Singers directed by Dr. Isabelle Ganz, and a solo recital at the Classical Minds Guitar Festival as part of the Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston.

In addition, Marc was a featured soloist with the Houston Symphony in July of 2010 for the “Final Fantasy” concert.  In December of 2009, Marc played 3 sold out performances with the Houston Chamber Choir at the prestigious Chapel of the Villa de Matel.  In the autumn of 2009, Marc Garvin performed in several locations throughout the Houston area with Israeli vocalist, Etty Ben-Zaken featuring Eitan Steinberg’s arrangements of Sephardic music.  Also in the autumn of 2009, Mr. Garvin performed as a soloist at the Byzantine Fresco chapel, sponsored by the DaCamera Society.

Future performances include a return to the Villa de Matel in the spring of 2011 for a performance of “Romancero Gitano” with The Rob Seible singers and several Christmas 2011 performances at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston with Kevin Riehle’s, Cantare Houston.

Along with harpist, Kimberly Snaufer-DeRosa, Marc Garvin has developed new repertoire for the unusual combination of harp and guitar.  Described as having performed “stunningly beautiful guitar and harp duets to a captivated audience”, the Snaufer-Garvin Duo merge their classical backgrounds with their unique creativity to produce exquisite arrangements of South American, Spanish and Classical music ranging from Andean folk songs to the music of Granados, Piazzolla and Bizet.  Their widely received CD, “Zero Hour” (Cecilia Productions) is available internationally through the Sylvia Woods Harp catalog.  They are artists on the touring roster of the Mid-America Arts Alliance, which is a six state touring region.  They have most recently been featured at the World Music Concert for the 2011 American Harp Society Summer Institute.

As a graduate with a degree in music from Carnegie-Mellon University, Marc Garvin has placed a high emphasis on music education.  He currently is the principle classical guitar instructor at Lamar University and Houston Community College (Central Campus).  He has also worked as an artist on the roster of Young Audiences of America, and was an active teaching artist for the Texas Institute for Arts in Education.  As an instructor, Mr. Garvin has been on the faculties of Carnegie-Mellon University, Houston Baptist University and San Jacinto Jr. College.  Many of his students have been accepted to prestigious music schools including The New England Conservatory of Music, The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, The Butler School of Music at The University of Texas, The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and The Beinen School of Music at Northwestern University..