Welcome to Marilynn’s webpage!

For over four decades Marilynn Mair has played music across the globe, released two dozen solo and ensemble recordings, published three method books, written countless columns, and taught as a Professor of Music at Roger Williams University. She has dedicated herself to establishing the mandolin as an instrument of importance, for her lifetime and the future. Learn from her journey here. para portugues… Read More »

Posted October 19th, 2021

We did it– AMauGust 2021!

The happy masked crew just before the final concert of our AMauGust weekend. Stay tuned for an announcement on the dates for AMGuSS 2022. We’re waiting for confirmation but, a hint– the last week in June will leak into the first day(s) of July this year.

Posted October 19th, 2021

SummerKeys 2022

Dates announced for my Mandolin Week at SummerKeys– July 11-16, 2022. Information, and a sign-up will soon be available: https://www.summerkeys.com/

Posted October 19th, 2021

AMauGust 2021

Hooray! We have invited AMGuSSers to gather August 5-8 in Providence RI to play in our orchestra and have as much fun as possible! A long week-end to tide us over until the return of our AMGuSS week in June 2022.

Posted July 9th, 2021

My new book is out!

On January 12, Mel Bay let me know that my new book is published! It’s 288 pages with 100+ scores and 2 dozen essays adding historical perspective. I am so psyched to be able to release this book that combines the wisdom of my long careers as a performer and professor of music. It’s available from the Mel Bay website in book and download form. A print-to-order version, a slightly smaller size, is also available on Amazon. Check it out!

More info here!

Posted March 25th, 2021

Virtual performance ~ November 2020

Hi all– Luiz has released a compilation concert video with lots of interesting collaborations, including mine. Free admission!

Access it by clicking this link.

Posted July 5th, 2020

“Nopening Day” AMGuSS 2020

Sadly we had to cancel AMGuSS 2020 due to the pandemic. But here, to mark the day, is our virtual…




Read More »

Posted June 22nd, 2020

Enigmatica – check out the update!

Enigmatica has a new look and has increased from 8 to 9 players, adding a 7-string guitar. Check out the page update here!


Posted March 14th, 2018


Marilynn joins 2018 Mandolin Mondays

Thanks to Scott Tichenor’s Mandolin Cafe, and David Benedict, creator of the “Mandolin Mondays” series, here’s my solo-mandolin arrangement and performance of Chiquinha Gonzaga’s “Gaucho.”

Posted January 15th, 2018

Bossa magazine article & interview

The October 2017 issue of Bossa Brazilian Music online  focused on Choro music, and included an interview with Marilynn about her involvement with Choro, and an article she wrote, “The French Connection: From Chopin to Choro.” Click the links above to download the articles, or click on the magazine’s title to read the whole issue online.

Posted November 30th, 2017
  • "Smudging the lines between folk and classical is an intrepid endeavor... Mair's a superb mandolin player who has brought the instrument to unexpected places..." - Jim Macnie, The Providence Phoenix (USA)
    "Mair displays an exceptionally gifted approach to this music, using her formidable mandolin technique with grace and sensitivity… It’s the next best thing to a trip to Rio." – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)
    "Stepping back to the 18th-century masterworks gave her the opportunity to highlight her technique with a fresh light... her playing is thoughtful, vibrant and a delight to listen to." -- Terence Pender, Mandolin Quarterly (USA)
    "A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…" - Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    "Marilynn Mair has always had the keen ability to balance classical mandolin traditions and repertoire, while constantly breaking new musical ground…a superb and versatile mandolinist and composer." - – Butch Baldassari, Mandolin Magazine (USA)
    "The final repeat of the melody transmitted a strong feeling of peace and tenderness that escaped no one in the audience. It is this sensitivity and subtleness that characterized the overall performance." - Brian Hodel, Guitar Review (USA)
    Bring a talented ensemble of gifted musicians together playing some of the great concertos and chamber music pieces of the 1700s, present the extraordinary classical mandolinist Marilynn Mair front and center, and you have a rare combination of the right musicians performing the right music at the right time. – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    Marilynn Mair on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "Marilynn Mair acquits herself very well indeed, a most accomplished player, able to deal with the many intricacies the repertoire demands of her." - Chris Kilvington, Classical Guitar (England)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)