Edward W. Hardy

Birth Place: Harlem, New York City

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Edward W. Hardy (born January 12, 1992) is a critically acclaimed Black and Puerto Rican composer, music director, virtuoso violinist and violist and is one of the foremost exponents of solo violin repertoire for theatrical productions. At the age of 25, "Hardy (was) one of the youngest composers to ever be accepted into the Exploring the Metropolis Con Edison Composer Residency and one of the most prominent composer/ violinists in New York City" - BroadwayWorld. “Edward W. Hardy, who composed the omnipresent music, plays the violin superbly.” – The New York Times. He has “Vigor, Control And Expressiveness." - The Post and Courier. Hardy is “Mesmerizing” - Manhattan With A Twist and also performs in a style that is “serene, dreamy, and soulful with velvety panache” - The Millbrook Independent. As the composer, music director and violinist of the smash hit Off-Broadway show The Woodsman Hardy’s show was a recipient of the 2016 Obie Award, the 2014 Jim Henson Foundation Grant and was broadcast on PBS stations four separate times, streamed on BroadwayHD and major music producer Jim McElwaine produced Hardy’s album “The Woodsman Original Off-Broadway Solo Recording” which continues to be sold and streamed in countries such as the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, Russia, Turkey, France, Hong Kong, Argentina, Ireland, and Germany.
Currently, Edward's discography contains 8 singles, 1 album, and his list of original compositions include works for solo violin, voice, harp, piano, string quartet, string trio, string duo, Latin ensemble, and soundtracks for film and stage. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts commissioned Edward's song cycle, BORN FREE (Sorrow Home, Lineage, The Struggle Staggers Us, and Southern Song) and premiered the work as part of their 2022 UNTRAPPED series with soprano Tiffany Townsend and pianist Alex Munger. Also in 2022, Edward's Latin piece "Flying - Dancing in Spanish Harlem" was performed by Jazz legend Andre Hayward and his band, along with Edward, at the Austin Chamber Music Festival. In 2023, Edward completed a United States tour with the Griot String Quartet in Damien Sneed's OUR SONG, OUR STORY, which is an evening of operatic arias, art songs and spirituals featuring Justin Austin, Jacqueline Echols, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Janinah Burnett, Amanda Lynn Bottoms and Raven McMillon, accompanied by Sneed on piano. Also in 2023, Edward had the honor of closing the 2022-2023 Capitol Hill Concert series with a sold-out, solo violin, multi-genre, season finale concert at the First Unitarian Society of Denver, accompanied by pianist Jordan Ortman and soprano Courtney Caston in the Colorado premiere of Hardy's BORN FREE song cycle. This concert set a new record at Capitol Hill Concerts for the most donations raised for a nonprofit (El Sistema Colorado) in the history of its concert series.

Edward has received numerous awards, most recently winning 1st Prize in the 2022 University of Northern Colorado Concerto Competition and 2nd Prize in the 2022 Angie Southard Performance Competition. Edward also has an extensive performance history ranging from solo violin performances for the Congressional Black Caucus/ opening of the African-American Smithsonian Museum, Hublot, MAC Cosmetics, Haute Living, special performances for rap legends 50 Cent, Nas, Justin Bieber, Hailey Bieber, Usher, Russell Westbrook, Kehlani, and legendary hockey player Alexander Ovechkin, to sharing the stage with other famous artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Maxim Vengerov, Kygo, André De Shields, Brandie Sutton, Regina Carter, Bryan Carter, Norm Lewis, Joshua Bell, John Blake Jr., Mark O'Connor, Radmila Lolly, Graham Reynolds, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeffrey Zeigler, Sandbox Percussion and the Attacca Quartet. Performance venues include Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Sheldon Concert Hall, WQXR, The Greene Space, The Apollo Theater, Wheeler Opera House, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, Charleston Museum, The Cutting Room, The Public Theater's Joe's Pub, Amanyara, and many others.

Edward is a proud member of the American Composers Orchestra, Local 802 Musicians Union, Dramatist Guild of America, ASCAP, and is affiliated with the Sphinx Organization, Exploring the Metropolis, the Gateways Music Festival, Carnegie Hall/ Weill Music Institute and the Colorado American Strings Teachers Association. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Omnipresent Music Festival - BIPOC Musicians Festival, and the co-founder of the Northern Colorado Center for Arts Entrepreneurship. Edward holds a Bachelor’s degree in viola performance from SUNY Purchase College where he studied with Ira Weller & Danielle Farina, and a Master’s degree in violin performance from Aaron Copland School of Music - Queens College where his teacher was Daniel Phillips. Edward is currently a doctoral candidate and graduate instructor in violin performance at the University of Northern Colorado under the mentorship of Dr. Jubal Fulks.

Edward owns and performs on "The Black Violin", made by Guy Rabut in 1995. He also frequently plays on Craig Danner's violins named "Eddie" and "Cecilia," both crafted in 2022.

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Strangemen & Co. Production, 2014

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[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Composer, Music Director, Violinist



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Edward W. Hardy to Perform in DYAO's HARMONIES OF HISTORY This Sunday

Join composer-violinist Edward W. Hardy and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) for an extraordinary concert titled 'Harmonies of History.' Experience a captivating blend of classical and contemporary pieces by Isaac Albéniz, Florence Price, Ludwig van Beethoven, and more. Don't miss this harmonious journey through centuries of music. Tickets and information available at dyao.org.

DYAO Presents HARMONIES OF HISTORY With Youth Orchestra Concert with Special Guest Edward W. Hardy

Join in for 'Harmonies of History,' a captivating youth orchestra concert featuring works by Beethoven, Lopez, Price, Sarasate, and Verdi. Experience the enchantment of musical history as we transport you through time with a mesmerizing selection of compositions. Don't miss this harmonious journey! Get your tickets now.

Norbert Leo Butz, Linda Eder, and More to Play 54 Below Next Month

Check out the lineup of incredible performances at 54 Below this month!

Edward W. Hardy To Perform With The University Of Northern Colorado Symphony Orchestra Next Week

Violinist Edward W. Hardy will perform with the University of Northern Colorado Symphony Orchestra on September 25.

CANDIDE Comes to Skylight Music Theatre in October

Skylight Music Theatre has announced the cast and creative team for the long-awaited production of Leonard Bernstein’s masterpiece, Candide. Learn more about the production, and who will star in it, here!

Crystal Lucas-Perry, Edward W. Hardy, and More To Perform at Bryant Park Picnic Performances This Friday!

The Bryant Park Picnic Performances season of free, live performances, presented by Bank of America, will continue on Friday, September 1 with Young, Gifted, and Black, a special program from The Classical Theatre of Harlem. The performance features acclaimed composer-violinist Edward W. Hardy, pianists Emery Mason and Melissa Mosley, cellist Kaden Kennedy, violinist Roen Jones, and Tony-nominated actress Crystal Lucas-Perry.

Classical Theatre of Harlem Brings YOUNG, GIFTED, AND BLACK to Bryant Park

The Bryant Park Picnic Performances season of free, live performances, presented by Bank of America, continues on Friday, September 1 with Young, Gifted and Black, a special program from the The Classical Theatre of Harlem.

The Classical Theatre Of Harlem to Host YOUNG, GIFTED AND, BLACK at Bryant Park Picnic Performances

The Bryant Park Picnic Performances season of free, live performances, presented by Bank of America, will continue on Friday, September 1 with Young, Gifted and Black, a special program from the The Classical Theatre of Harlem.

Roulette Intermedium Celebrates 45th Anniversary With Bryant Park Picnic Performances, August 26

Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America season of free, live performances continues on Saturday, August 26 with a 45th anniversary celebration for Roulette Intermedium, featuring sets from saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins, hybrid NYC jazz group 75 Dollar Bill, and sound designer and performer Ka Baird.

American Composers Orchestra Announces 2023/2024 Season And National Collaborations

The American Composers Orchestra (ACO) announces an ambitious 2023/2024 season. In addition to annual performances at Carnegie Hall and a debut at New York City's brand new Perelman Performing Arts Center, ACO continues to act as a vital conduit for new voices in orchestral music through its national composer development program, EarShot: promoting diverse talent, cultivating the careers of emerging composers, and serving as the nation's first systemic program for building relationships between composers and orchestras nationwide.

American Composers Orchestra Reveals 2023/2024 Season And National Collaborations

Get the latest updates on the American Composers Orchestra's upcoming 2023/2024 season, featuring new works by renowned composers. Find out about the collaborations and concert series at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Photos: Edward W. Hardy, Marsha Thompson, Phillip Bullock, Sasha Ono, And Kyle P. Walker In TEA & SYMPHONY At The Pocono Mountains Music Festival

On Sunday, July 23, Edward W. Hardy, Marsha Thompson, Phillip Bullock, Sasha Ono, and Kyle P. Walker gave a spectacular concert at the fourteenth annual Pocono Mountains Music Festival (PMMF) at the Skytop Lodge's Evergreen Ballroom.

Shaina Taub �¿with Special Guests Nikki M. James and Jenn Colella to Perform at Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Join Shaina Taub, along with special guests Nikki M. James and Jenn Colella, for a captivating performance at Bryant Park Picnic Performances. Experience an evening of live music in the heart of New York City's iconic park. Don't miss this star-studded event filled with old favorites, new songs, and original compositions.

Ailey Moves NYC! Experience the Magic of Dance at Bryant Park Picnic Performances in August

Experience the magic of Ailey Moves NYC at Bryant Park Picnic Performances on August 3. Don't miss this incredible dance show under the open sky, featuring the grace and talent of Ailey dancers. Immerse yourself in the world of dance and witness breathtaking moves that will leave you mesmerized.

Photos: D-Nice, Salt-N-Pepa, Lloyd, Baby Cham, Bun B, Kathy Sledge, and More at CLUB QUARANTINE LIVE in Carnegie Hall

On Wednesday, July 12, legendary artist DJ D-Nice gave a special presentation of Club Quarantine Live in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/ Perelman Stage with guest artists 702, Baby Cham, Salt-N-Pepa, Bun B, Israel Houghton, Kathy Sledge, Kenny Burns, Lloyd, Mike Phillips, Scarface, and Chris Spencer.

D-Nice Comes to Club Quarantine at Carnegie Hall

On Wednesday, July 12, the exciting return of legendary artist, DJ, photographer, and producer D-Nice will give a special presentation of Club Quarantine Live in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/ Perelman Stage at 8PM.

Magos Herrera Featuring The Knights to Perform as Part of Bryant Park Picnic Performances in July

Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America season of free, live performances will continue on Friday, July 21 with Mexican jazz vocalist Magos Herrera and her phenomenal sextet, featuring members from the acclaimed chamber orchestra The Knights.

Tessa Lark And Michael Thurber To Perform At Bryant Park Picnic Performances, July 14

Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America season of free, live performances continues with violinist-fiddler Tessa Lark and composer-bassist Michael Thurber on Friday, July 14.

Tony Winner Bryan Carter Presents JAZZ AT PRIDE At Dizzy's Club, June 19-20

Bryan Carter presents Jazz at Pride at Dizzy's Club, June 19-20. Bryan, a recent Tony Award winner for the orchestrations of Some Like It Hot on Broadway will host a celebration along with Broadway powerhouse Tituss Burgess and Tony Award winner J. Harrison Ghee, as they share their music, their stories, and the creative and essential impact of intentional community building.

The Harlem Chamber Players to Present HARLEM SONGFEST II in June

The Harlem Chamber Players will mark its 15th Anniversary and Black Music Month with a musical extravaganza Harlem Songfest II, celebrating Black opera singers and the music of Black composers, including women, on Friday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Miller Theatre at Columbia University.


Edward W. Hardy has written 1 shows including The Woodsman (Composer).

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