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Guitar Coordinator, pictured with an 1820's Louis Nicolas Vissenaire made in Mirecourt, France.
Sought after as a chamber player and soloist with orchestras such as Concertante di Chicago, Mr. Maxwell's performing activities have chiefly centered around the duo formed with his wife and Northwestern University guitar professor Anne Waller. The Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo has explored the repertoire for two guitars and contributed to it through their arrangements of works for other instruments. Also, they enjoy sharing their interest and advocating for nineteenth-century guitar duo music performed on original instruments. Soundboard magazine wrote of Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell, "Great playing! This duo delivers the goods from moment to moment and piece to piece."
Since joining forces in 1981, the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo have been presented in a wide variety of concert venues, including the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C.; Guitar Foundation of America festivals; the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festivals; The Rantucci Festival in Buffalo, New York; Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts and Mostly Music, Inc. in Chicago as well as by guitar societies in Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis, Memphis, and North Carolina. In addition, they have been featured in live broadcasts on both commercial and public radio, including the "Studs Terkel Show" and "Live from Studio One" on WFMT in Chicago.
Waller and Maxwell have performed extensively in Italy under the auspices of the Associazione Giovanile Musicale, where they were praised for "their absolutely sublime touch" (La Sicilia) and for "strong playing, but at the same time delicate and clean" (Libertà). They hold the Diploma di Merito for their duo performances in Oscar Ghiglia's master classes at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. The Accademia awarded them the Societ Italiana Autori ed Editori prize and has sponsored them in many performances throughout Tuscany. Their newest recording, Grand Pot-Pourri, featuring the terz guitar duos of Mertz and Giuliani on historical instruments, is available online from Arizona University Recordings (AURec.com).
The Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo have released a new CD on Berto Records titled Favorites: Tales of Love, Loss & Magic. The recording features works by Fernando Sor, Manuel de Falla, and Robert Beaser, performed by Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell on reproduction and original nineteenth and early twentieth-century guitars. Favorites is available on Amazon, Apple Music, and CD Baby, as well as at Hogeye Music in Evanston.
Learn more on the Guitar Studio Page