Banbury biochemist releases his first guitar concerto

Biochemistry graduate Mark Hussey, who became a full time musician, has released a guitar concerto. NNL-161018-130521001

Biochemistry graduate Mark Hussey, who became a full time musician, has released a guitar concerto. NNL-161018-130521001

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A biochemistry graduate from Banbury, who gave up his career to become a full-time musician has released his first guitar concerto.

Mark Hussey used to work in a government funded laboratory after studying cell biology at Oxford and receiving a PhD in virology, but gave that all up in the middle of the financial crisis.

Mr Hussey, who grew up in Cyprus and moved back to the UK at the age of 17, used to play the guitar as an escape because he struggled at school, but has now made it is his full-time occupation.

He said: “I picked up my guitar, began practicing a lot and found inspiration in the playing of Paco de Lucia, the humility of Chet Atkins, natural ability of Jerry Reed and the fabulous expression of Julian Bream.

“Little by little, I put myself out there and performance requests started coming in. Today I’m lucky to perform hundreds of live performances a year throughout Europe. The gamble paid off, it’s been a life changing odyssey.”

Mr Hussey has now released his debut album, Concierto de los Suenõs. He said: “This instrumental album is an expression of my journey.

“I’ve never really set out for anything other than to earn a living from making great music and becoming the best musician I can be. There is a long way to go – I suspect it’s a never ending journey.”

The music was written at Mr Hussey’s home studio where the guitar was also recorded to the orchestration tracked by Dave Holland.

The album incorporates a broad range of influences from a number of guitar genres while staying true to the classical style.

The album was released as a digital download on iTunes and Google Play on October 14. It can also be purchased as a physical CD from Mark’s website, www.markhussey.com, at the price of £9.99.