Akerman - Teixeira Guitar Duo
Award winning guitarist Mary Akerman has concertized and taught around the globe. She currently teaches at Kennesaw State University, and has recently given concerts and masterclasses at the Festival de Guitarra Paracho in Paracho, Mexico, the Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Noreste in Saltillo, Mexico, the Southwestern Guitar Festival in San Antonio, Texas and at the ECU Summer Music Workshop in Greenville, North Carolina. In addition to giving solo concerts throughout the US and internationally, she has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, recorded with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Festival Singers, and has played on National Public Radio’s "In Performance Today" program. Mary Akerman won first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and the Casa de Espana of Puerto Rico Competition. She was also awarded the bronze medal in the Concours International Radio France. In 1986 she had the honor of being selected to perform in the Master Class of Andres Segovia. She also studied with Jose Tomas in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Bob Teixeira first gained recognition as one of twelve guitarists selected to compete at the Guitar Foundation of America’s 1987 international festival. He has appeared as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the North Carolina Dance Theater. Texeira has also composed music and developed and performed arrangements to accompany the Moving Poets Theater and Dance Company. In addition to his duo performances with Akerman, he performs with his wife, cellist Tanja Bechtler and with the seven member world music ensemble, "Without Borders".
The guitarists met while in graduate school at Florida State University and have been performing duo concerts together since 2006.