Emory Lester

EMORY LESTER is one of this day's foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. His landmark recording projects have placed him among the elite mandolinists of our time. His most recent solo CD 'At Dusk' showcases Emory's multi-instrumentalist musical creativity and skills. Undeniably, his clean, clear, fast and efficient mandolin techniques continue to influence many modern-day mandolinists.

As well as performing with his own 'Emory Lester Set', his fourteen-year friendship and musical collaboration with noted 'Clawgrass' banjoist Mark Johnson has yielded four very creative recording projects. Mark and Emory have toured all across the U.S., and have been featured on several performances with Steve Martin, most notably on the 'Late Night with David Letterman' television show in September of 2012. Emory also currently performs with his partner Jill Jones in the new 'Emory Lester & Jill Jones Band', at upcoming concerts and festivals, as well as with the bluegrass band 'Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa', doing shows across the U.S., Canada, Europe and the U.K.

Emory has also been a prominent music instructor since 1978, and often teaches at prestigious music camps such as the Mandolin Symposium, the Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp, Swannanoa Gathering, Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, as well as many other notable instructional events.