Marilynn Mair (mandolin)
Mark M. Davis (guitar)
Active from 1978-2000
The Mair-Davis Duo developed an internationally recognized ensemble sound through their unique arrangements and quirky choice of concert material. They were the first professional duo to champion the mandolin-guitar pairing as a truly classical chamber music ensemble, and established their sound as the worldwide benchmark of musicianship and artistry. Innovators and supporters of contemporary music, the Duo commissioned and recorded works from renowned composers, including Ernst Krenek, Guido Santorsola, and Stephen Funk Pearson, and performed scores of new works written especially for them.
The Duo performed in concert series and festivals throughout the USA and Europe for the duration of their career, and played twice in Japan. Their recordings, many of which are still in print, are a lasting legacy of their artistic accomplishments.