Edward W. Hardy is a critically acclaimed American 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 is 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. Proud member of Local 802 Musicians Union, Dramatist Guild of America, ASCAP.
WHAT CRITICS, AND CELEBRITIES, SAY
"THE SHOW IS ALSO BEAUTIFULLY ACCOMPANIED, ALMOST CONTINUOUSLY, BY THE VIOLINIST EDWARD W. HARDY, WHOSE SCORE SUGGESTS THE DUSTY SOUND OF METHODIST HYMNS AND MODEST SOCIAL DANCE."
THE STRAINS OF A VIOLIN ARE A PERFECT BACKDROP TO THE EERIE ATMOSPHERE THAT ENVELOPS MUNCHKINLAND, THANKS TO EDWARD W. HARDY, THE COMPOSER/MUSIC DIRECTOR AND VIOLINIST
"WHILE THE PUPPETRY AND THE THEATER WIZARDRY ARE IN FULL EFFECT THROUGHOUT THE PERFORMANCE, IT IS EDWARD W. HARDY WHO SHINES BRIGHTER THAN ANY PAIR OF SILVER SHOES. THE COMPOSER-VIOLINIST MANIFESTED A MINIMALIST SCORE ALL-PERVADING WITHIN THE TOTALITY OF THE SHOW; EACH NOTE ADDS SUBTEXT OR TENSION TO EVERY MOMENT."
“YOU CREATED A PEARL OF A PRODUCTION! WHAT A WONDERFUL USE OF THE SPACE, YOUR TALENT AND I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT YOUR "ORCHESTRA". HE (EDWARD W. HARDY) WAS BRILLIANT AND ADDED SO MUCH! VERY CLEVER! BRAVO!"
"EDWARD W. HARDY IS A GIFTED VIOLINIST...WOW, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUITFUL.
"@EDWARDWHARDY - U R TALENTED AND BEAUITFUL EDWARD"
"IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWANG!... I LOVE THAT!.
"WHAT I FOUND REMARKABLE ABOUT HARDY’S COMPOSITIONS WAS THEIR ECLECTIC INTEGRATION, SYNTHESIS, HIS ABILITY TO APPROPRIATE FOLKMUSIC FROM VARIOUS CULTURES AND INGEST ENOUGH ABSTRACTION TO DISPLAY THE MELODIES AS CAPABLE OF MORE THAN WHAT THEY ONCE WERE, YET PRESERVE THE ELEMENTAL SPIRIT AND JOY OF THE FOLK-MELODIES."
"@THEWOODSMANPLAY = ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS EVER! GET THE ALBUM!!!
#1 OUT OF 10 - "IT WASN’T A MUSICAL, BUT EVERYTHING ABOUT IT FELT MUSICAL IN NATURE AND THAT WAS PREDOMINANTLY THANKS TO THE LUSCIOUS EDWARD W. HARDY MUSIC THAT UNDERSCORED THE ENTIRE EVENT."
"THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR BEING A PART @EDWARDWHARDY AND THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS BEING SO PROFESSIONAL AND WILLING TO GO ALONG WITH THE FLOW!! I SINCERELY APPRECIATE YOUR SPIRIT AND YOUR EXCELLENCE THAT YOU ALWAYS BRING TO THE TABLE!!"
LiveSOUNDS: Nnenna Ogwo, piano, Katie Seiler, voice and Sterling Strings (Faculty Concert)
Third Stree Music School
Friday, February 28, 2020, at 7 pm
Visit Thirdstreetmusicschool.org for more info
Edward W. Hardy Presents: "Valentine's Day in July"
Joe's Pub | Public Theater
Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 7 pm
More info coming soon.
Lambda Vodka Grand Opening
Harlem, New York
Friday, April 10, 2020
More info coming soon.
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