Inspired equally by violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz and Country guitarist Chet Atkins, Evan Marshall crafted a signature approach to the mandolin that blends bass lines, chordal accompaniment, rhapsodic runs and tremolo melodies to create an exciting solo mandolin style unsurpassed by his peers. Evan started classical violin studies at age seven, and added the mandolin at the age of 14.
In addition to solo performances throughout the country, Evan has been a Featured Guest Artist with a number of distinguished orchestras, including the Houston Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Pensacola Symphony. Two of his solo mandolin recordings have been released by Rounder Records: Evan Marshall is the Lone Arranger, which the Raleigh-Durham Independent called "superhuman," the Washington Post labeled "truly dazzling," and the Fresno Bee called "mind-boggling"; and Mandolin Magic, which the St. Paul Pioneer Press applauded for "a stunning mastery of interpretation." Evan has also recorded three solo CDs for his own label, Mandolin Conservatory.
Evan is a highly sought after teacher, and has given Master Classes at several international mandolin conferences, including Classical Mandolin Society of America, Mandolin Symposium, and the American Mandolin and Guitar Summer School. His first method book, "Duo-Style A to Z," describing advanced solo mandolin performance techniques in detail, was published in 2004. He attended Occidental College, graduating in 1980 Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with Honors in Music.