Ricardo (Richard) Marlow was introduced to the guitar by his father, the eminent classical guitarist John E. Marlow. He went on to receive a degree from the James Madison School of Music (James Madison University) in 1997. Mr. Marlow subsequently took up the flamenco guitar and studied with master, Gerardo Núñez, in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain. Mr. Marlow has played for the Danza del Rio Flamenco Company, and with Paco de Malaga and Ana Martinez Dance Company. Since 1997 he has performed with Arte Flamenco Dance Company in venues such as The Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage and the Baltimore Museum of Art, among others.
Mr. Marlow fulfilled an essential role in Edwin Aparicio’s productions of “Bailes Inéditos”, “Encuentros”, “Intimo” and "Entresuenos", where he shared stages with Jesús Montoya, Alfonso Cid, Roberto Castellón, Pedro Cortes Jr., “La Truco”, and Carmela Greco. In 2005, Mr. Marlow performed at the 20th Mayor’s Art’s Awards at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Manuel de Falla’s “El Amor Brujo”, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore in Rockville and at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Marlow recently performed in Edwin Aparicio’s new work, “Dos Mundos” at the Gala Hispanic Theatre on Dec. 2008. In this production, Mr. Marlow was fortunate to share the stage with world-renowned dancer “La Tati”, Jose Jimenez “El Bocadillo”, Antonio Jimenez “El Porras”, and Basillio Garcia Clavero.
His percussive style of playing is highly sought after by local flamenco artists. He can be seen playing almost nightly at numerous venues in the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas such as Red Maple, Las Tapas and Bambulé.