Mark Knopfler was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and lived there until he was 8 years old, after which his family moved to Newcastle upon Tyne, in England. He was the lead guitarist, lead singer and songwriter of the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his younger brother, David Knopfler, in 1977.
After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Mark Knopfler recorded and produced eight solo albums and many hit songs. As a solo artist, Knopfler recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, such as B.B. King, Chet Atkins, Chris Botti, John Anderson, the Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Bryan Ferry, George Jones, Phil Lynott, Donal Lunny, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, Emmylou Harris and James Taylor. He also produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman.
Knopfler was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He, along with Dire Straits, sold over 120 million records to date. Knopfler won four Grammy Awards, an Edison Award, a Steiger Award and an Ivor Novello Award. He also holds three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United Kingdom. As a member of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
Lucca Summer Festival is a music festival held since 1998, during the month of July, in Lucca. The concerts are usually held within the historic walls of Lucca, in Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino or Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. When the audience is very large, a concert can be also held at the Porta Elisa soccer stadium, in Lucca, or at the Pini stadium, in Viareggio.