Guitarist Steve Marchena was raised by a musical family and has been a full-time professional musician and music educator for over thirty years. His life-long dedication to the unabridged historical body of guitar technique has culminated in world-class omni-style command of the instrument, with specialization in Classical, Rock, Gypsy Jazz, and Delta Blues styles. Having spent over three decades assimilating the respective technical and musical languages of such greats as Robert Johnson, Andres Segovia, Django Reinhardt, Jeff Beck, and Eddie Van Halen, Steve combines these styles into his own quirky and hypnotic musical language.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2000 as a Performance Major, Steve became a founding member of The Back Bay Guitar Trio. He has since toured Europe and North America, with 34 album credits to his name. Steve recently completed The Interdisciplinary Music Studies Degree Program through Berklee Online, while recording and performing new music with Hypaspace and Hot Club de Boston.
His extensive theatre credits include All Shook Up, Altar Boyz, Always Patsy Cline, Beehive, Being Earnest, Cabaret, Carrie, Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Evil Dead, Footloose, Full Monty, Grease, Hairspray, Heathers, Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Leader of the Pack, Legally Blonde, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sister Act, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Sweet Charity, They’re Playing His Songs, tick tick BOOM!, Wedding Singer, and Working.
He also performs and records with other artists in the studio, on the concert stage, and in the orchestra pit, including touring as a sideman with Tim Janis, Valerie Sneade, and The Alien Blakkk. In 2004, Steve won the Northeast Regional Finals of Guitar Center’s National Guitar Competition. In 2007 and 2008, he taught at Berklee College Of Music during Summer Guitar Sessions. In 2014, he received The Outstanding Arts Instructor Award from Bentley University in Waltham, MA. In 2019, Steve performed as featured soloist with The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The Cape Cod Symphony, and The Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.
Steve is an Ortega Guitars Artist.
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