CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST
      
PRODUCER, COMPOSER, PLAYWRIGHT,
MUSIC DIRECTOR, VIOLINIST, VIOLIST

"EDWARD W. HARDY, WHO COMPOSED

THE OMNIPRESENT MUSIC,

PLAYS THE VIOLIN

SUPBERLY"

WORKS

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Evolution

inspired by the evolution of black music

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Nevermore

inspired by Edgar Allan poe's "The Raven"

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The Kalidah

THE WOODSMAN ORIGINAL OFF-BROADWAY SOLO RECORDING

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Edward W. Hardy is a 28-year-old 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 (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. Proud member of Local 802 Musicians Union, Dramatist Guild of America, ASCAP. Master of Music, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College CUNY, cum laude, Bachelor of Music, SUNY Purchase, cum laude

 

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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"

"@THEWOODSMANPLAY = ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS EVER! GET THE ALBUM!!!

"IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWANG!... I LOVE THAT!.

@EDWARDWHARDY AMAZING!

"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."

#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!!"

 

Performances

Lambda Vodka Grand Opening

Harlem, NYC

Friday, April 10, 2020

(Canceled due to COVID-19)

Link Up Orchestra - The Orchestra Swings

Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium | NYC

Tuesday, May 19 - 21, 2020

Visit CarnegieHall.org for more info

(Canceled due to COVID-19)

Nnenna Ogwo & Sterling Strings (Virtual Concert)

Joe's Pub | Public Theater, NYC

Friday, June 19, 2020, at 7pm 

Click Here to Watch The Virtual Concert: https://youtu.be/j67m-z_pF0g

Edward W. Hardy Presents: "Valentine's Day in July"

Joe's Pub | Public Theater, NYC

Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 7pm

Visit PublicTheater.org for more info.

(Canceled due to COVID-19. This concert will be rescheduled.)

Chill on the Hill: Edward W. Hardy

(Violin Recital)

The Morris-Jumel Mansion

(Roger Morris Park), NYC

Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 4pm 

Free and open to the public

(Canceled due to COVID-19. This concert will be rescheduled.)

The 2020 Gateways Chamber Music Festival

Rochester, NY

October 13 - 17, 2020

Visit GatewaysMusicFestival.org for more info.

 

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Contact

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