About David Marsden
Austin-based guitarist and composer David Marsden completed his Master's degree at age 20 with Sergio Assad at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was born in the Philippines but started taking guitar lessons in England at age 8 and has since studied with Patricia Robinson, Darin Templeton, and Stuart Green. He has also participated in masterclasses with David Russell, Pavel Steidl, Simon Dinnigan and Roland Dyens.
David has given a number of recitals in Southern California and earned places in the Music Teachers' Association of California Scholarship Recital and the Redlands Bowl Young Artist Concert. His playing has been broadcast on the LA18 and KVCR television networks and KUSF radio. He has also won prizes in competitions, including the Carlisle Music Festival and University of Redlands' Solo and Concerto Competition.
At the University of Redlands, where David double majored in guitar performance and mathematics, he studied jazz guitar with Paul Murphy and electric bass with Timothy Emmons. He has performed jazz at venues such as Disneyland and the LA Jazz Bakery. As a composer he draws upon his jazz background and is currently focusing on music that combines aspects of the classical and jazz genres. Past musical collaborations include performances with groups as diverse as the indo-jazz group Sangeet Millenium, the Joshua Smith Trio, East Babylon Symphony and Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra. He also enjoys an active career in music education and is currently the guitar and piano teacher at Lamar Middle School, a designated fine arts academy in the Austin school district. He is also former faculty of the Orpheus Academy of Music, a school that specializes in applying principles from the Kodály concept to instrumental instruction.