Edgar Cruz is an independent classical and fingerstyle
guitarist from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Having recorded over a sixteen
CDs in styles ranging from classical to flamenco to pop to jazz,
Cruz is perhaps best known for his fingerstyle arrangement of Queen's
"Bohemian Rhapsody". Additionally, Cruz was featured in
an OETA (Oklahoma's PBS affiliate) documentary entitled "Spanish
Blood - The Guitar of Edgar Cruz". Cruz took second place in
the 1991 Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas in the fingerstyle
competition as did his brother Mark Anthony Cruz in 1993 & 2001.
Cruz's career began when he followed in his father Manuel Cruz'
footsteps playing for restaurant customers as a strolling guitarist.
His marketing strategy was taken from his father who said, "play
what your audience wants and they'll pay you well". Each year
Edgar Cruz performs over 200 concerts and has played throughout
America, Europe and South America. He has been a headliner at The
Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, TN since 1995 and is a strong
icon at most festivals in Oklahoma including Festival of the Arts,
Paseo Festival, Sunfest, Global Oklahoma and more. Cruz offers an
incredible live repertoire of “The Greatest Hits of the Guitar”.
Malagueña, Classical Gas, Bohemian Rhapsody, In the Mood,
Dueling Banjos, Hotel California, A Classical Medley, Latin favorites
and Medleys On the Fly are just a few examples. Audience participation,
clapping, singing, dancing, snapping, “oles and yee-haws”
are all encouraged. Sixteen CDs and 2 DVDs are currently available.
They cover moods from Latin, Classical, International, Rock, Jazz,
Mariachi, Romantic, Christmas and originals. Future works include
a Live Video and more of the fore mentioned. Edgar has been named
the Oklahoma’s Top Performing Artist and/or Acoustic Guitarist
for over ten years by the Oklahoma Gazette. He has received numerous
civic acknowledgments for his contributions to various charitable
events. He also performs for a wide variety of bookings including
Concerts, Festivals, Weddings, Receptions, Banquets, Anniversaries,
Birthdays, Schools, Churches, Conventions, Fiestas, Memorials, Masterclasses,
Lessons, Restaurants or any special occasion. Edgar holds a Bachelor
of Music in Guitar Performance from Oklahoma City University, the
first person to do so. Complete and up to date information can be
found at www.edgarcruz.com