Mark Ashford

Born in Northampton, England, Mark began his formal musical training at Chetham's School of Music with Gordon Crosskey. He then went on to study with Michael Lewin as a scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music, from where he graduated in 1993 with first class honours and awards from the Principal. During the following few years Mark completed his studies in Spain with guitarist David

Russell, thanks to bursaries awarded to him from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Allcard grants and the Royal Academy of Music.

Early on in his performing career Mark became a laureate of several major national and international competitions including Radio Two’s Young Musician, the Julian Brean Prize, South East Arts Music Platform Award, the Guitar Foundation of America, Mark is currently Head of Guitar at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and Director of the youth ensemble ‘Guitar Circus-Birmingham‘. From 2003-09 he was Course Director at IGF-Bath and has a wealth of experience teaching both children and adults, from beginners to degree level. He is a very committed teacher and regularly gives masterclasses at International Festivals and Conservatoires of Music.