Edward Hart was born in 1965 in Charleston, SC, USA. He attended Porter-Gaud School through high school and then went to the College of Charleston where his primary teacher was composer David Maves.  After completing a B.A. in 1988, he completed a Masters and Doctorate in Music Theory and Composition at the University of South Carolina where his musical mentor was Gordon “Dick” Goodwin.

In addition to music, he has an active church and family life and has a passion for the outdoors and salt water fishing. Hart is married to novelist Beth Webb Hart with whom he has two children, Frances and Edward.