Keynote speaker

Mark Delpriora

Mark Delpriora enjoys a tripartite career as a composer, performer and educator.

As a performer, Delpriora’s New York Debut was praised by the New York Times:

“The first notes of Mark Delpriora’s guitar recital established him as a musician of authority. In a little Mozart transcription by Julian Bream he showed a rare feeling for the specific gravity of a Mozartean phrase, for the inevitability of its rise and fall. Delpriora is a guitarist to be reckoned with”

He has recorded for Philips and Koch International Classic and has recorded more than a half-dozen CDs with flutist Laurel Zucker on Cantilena Records, including his “Sonata “Aubade”. Delpriora’s travels have taken him throughout the United States and Canada, as well Italy, Brazil, Uruguay and Greece.

Delpriora is a faculty member of the guitar department Manhattan School of Music where he has served as Chair and Co-chair of the guitar department for many years. In addition, Delpriora is an instructor of guitar literature in the undergraduate department of the Juilliard School. Delpriora has taught masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Chapman University Conservatory of Music, the Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Greece and at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Delpriora has contributed articles to the Guitar Review, Soundboard, NewMusicBox and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and has served as thesis advisor to close to a dozen Doctoral theses at the Manhattan School of Music.

As a composer his works have been performed all over the world and have been published by Editions Orphee, Bèrben Edizioni Musical and Mel Bay. He has been commissioned by Stanley Yates, Cristiano Porqueddu, Duo Ahlert & Schwab, Duo Scarlatti, Hibernian Guitar Duo, Damien Lancelle and Paulo Martelli and has dedicated major works to his friends Angelo Gilardino and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Delpriora’s work “Variations on a Theme by Sor” was chosen as the set piece for the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America Competition.