Duo Tandem is an instrumental guitar duo with an emphasis on story-telling through music. Collaborating with composers and writing for themselves, Duo Tandem has compiled a far-reaching set of new music based on old world imagery and new world stories.
Having already established themselves as virtuoso solo performers, Necati Emirzade and Mark Anderson formed Duo Tandem while studying at the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of Music. What they discovered working together in San Francisco was a shared artistic vision as they sought to blend their distinct, individual cultural backgrounds into a unique, combined musical voice. This pursuit continued even after Necati moved to London and Mark moved to Chicago.
While this ‘long distance relationship’ is in many ways an obstacle, it has also allowed Duo Tandem to expand their reach with performances throughout the US and Europe. Acclaimed as ‘Magical’ (Marc Teicholz) and praised for their ‘beautiful articulations, rhythm, and timing’ (Larry Ferrara), Necati and Mark are able to bring audiences into their world through their unique performance style.
Necati Emirzade is a Cypriot classical guitarist with "nice sound projection, many colors and no fear" as said by Sergio Assad, Latin Grammy award winner. At the age of 16, he became one of the youngest undergraduate students accepted at the UNC School of the Arts. He later went on to recieve his Masters Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the instruction of Guitar Foundation of America first prize winner, Marc Teicholz. Additionally, he has toured in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, California, Australia, Turkey, and Cyprus including an appearance on Cypriot national television.
Classical guitarist Mark Anderson has been described as a ”soulful and intelligent musician”. Mark has performed throughout the United States including at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. He has also premiered several works by up and coming Bay Area composers and recently gave the U.S. premier of “Rising Spirals” by award winning composer Chinary Ung. Mark completed his M.M. in classical guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Marc Teicholz and also received instruction from Sergio Assad, David Tanenbaum, Richard Savino, and Larry Ferrara. Mark is currently on faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University teaching guitar.