GRAMMY nominated classical guitarist Marc Regnier has won the attention and respect of critics, producers, and musicians for over three decades as a performer, recording artist and educator.
Mr. Regnier received his training in London with Timothy Walker (Professor, Royal Academy of Music and former student of Narcisco Yepes), at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Aaron Shearer, with Christopher Parkening (former student of Andrés Segovia), and with José Rey de la Torre (former student of Miguel LLobet). Mr. Regnier has collaborated and worked with such composers as Joaquín Nin-Culmell, Julian Orbón, David Maves and Yiorgos Vassilandonakis. He has appeared with orchestra, ensembles and as a soloist throughout the United States, South America, and Canada including several solo appearances at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and San Francisco’s Herbst Hall. Marc Regnier has been described as that of “a master of his instrument” and “a musician of intelligence, lyricism and subtlety.” He has made several recordings for Naxos, Marco Polo, Sono Luminus, Musical Heritage Society, Reference Recordings and recently for the Italian label, Sheva. His recordings have drawn such critical acclamation as “Rarely have the repertoire and the skills of a particular artist been combined as effectively … a significant recording on all accounts.” (Fanfare).
In 2011, his CD, “Radamés Gnattali: Solo and Chamber Works for Guitar” was nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Chamber Performance” category. Mr. Regnier’s music has been heard in more than 60 countries including National Public Radio, BBC, Ethiopian Airlines, Australian, and Singapore National Public Radio. As a recording artist, Mr. Regnier has recorded numerous times at the famous Skywalker Sound studios and has worked with some of the world’s best producers and engineers including Victor and Marina Ledin (multi Grammy nominated producers) and Leslie Ann Jones (multi Grammy winning engineer).
As an educator, Mr. Regnier began his teaching career when appointed instructor of classical guitar at Anderson College in South Carolina at the age of sixteen. When living in San Francisco, he was an Adjunct Professor at Sonoma State University as well as teaching private lessons at Guitar Solo. He frequently receives national and international invitations to conduct master classes and has appeared often as an adjudicator including The Parkening Young Guitarist Competition, several appearances for the Guitar Foundation of America Convention and International Competition, a convention he directed in 1999, and again as a host-director in 2012. He was a voting member of the Grammys and Latin Grammys from 2011 to 2018 and is currently a member of the Guitar foundation of America. Mr. Regnier has several of his guitar transcriptions and fingerings published by Theodore Presser, Guitar Solo Publications and Max Eschig of Paris.
Athletics have always played an important part in Marc’s life having over the years competed in road cycling, triathlon, and long distance running. His hobbies now include birding and bird photography with emphasis on the study of bird song. Marc Regnier, Professor of Classical Guitar, has directed the guitar department since 1994.