Regarded for her beautiful tone and sensitive music-making, classical guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through programs of modern and classic works: from the playful acrobatics in Danse rythmique by French guitar virtuoso, Ida Presti, to the elegance and solemnity of Fernando Sor's Fantaisie élégiaque, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations. Her delightful playing once elicited from a celebrated ballerina, “it makes me want to dance,” and guitar virtuoso John Feeley described her as "a beautiful player, so expressive and musical."
Appearing as a soloist, chamber musician and guest lecturer, Mowbray has been a featured artist at many festivals and concert series such as the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Series, Toronto Guitar Weekend, Knoxville Guitar Series, Bethlehem Guitar Festival, Austin Peay GuitarFest, Charlottesville Guitar Festival, Lonestar Guitar Festival, Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and Guitar Foundation of America Convention in Los Angeles. She has performed with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington and National String Symphonia. Mowbray is an active chamber musician and can be regularly heard performing with Satori Chamber Ensemble and The Fairfield Duo with flutist and shakuhachi player, Nora Suggs.
Blair Jackson of Classical Guitar Magazine called Mowbray’s recent CD, Reverie, "a revelation!" and one of the Top 10 CD picks of the year. It has been featured on radio shows such as InTune (BBC Radio 3), The Intimate Guitar (Dayton, OH), G-Strings with Tom Cole (Washington D.C.) and Musica Mundi (Boulder, CO). The album includes a unique and cohesive program of twentieth-century and contemporary French compositions intertwined by homage including solo works by the great guitar duo, Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya.
Mowbray earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory where she studied with Dr. Glenn Caluda. Also influential were private lessons and masterclasses with many internationally renowned artists including Berta Rojas, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Sharon Isbin, Roland Dyens, Julian Gray, Ron Pearl, Gerry Kunkel, Angel Romero, Ricardo Cobo, Eduardo Isaac, Maximo Diego Pujol and Victor Villadangos.
As a clinician and adjudicator, Mowbray has given workshops and worked with students of all ages at programs including the TESS Guitar Festival in Connecticut, Mid-Atlantic Guitar Ensemble Festival and Performing and Visual Arts Northwest Governor’s School. Dr. Mowbray has taught courses in music and appreciation of the broader humanities at Shenandoah Conservatory, Hagerstown Community College, and other colleges and schools of music in the mid-Atlantic region. She currently teaches privately and enjoys researching, writing and speaking about music. Her publications include “Recordings to Revisit: Ida Presti’s Solo Recordings” in Soundboard and her lectures have been described as "enthusiastic" and "insightful" in Classical Guitar Magazine and The Morning Call.
Candice Mowbray plays a 2005 John Price concert guitar, a LaCote replica by Joseph Mayes and a PRS McCarty Hollowbody II. She uses AER amplification and Savarez strings.
Photo by Kris Thorton