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Profile – Andrew Blanch

BlanchAndrew Blanch is a classical guitarist based in Sydney, Australia. Andrew picked up his first guitar at the age of six, and hasn’t put it down since. Now in his mid-twenties, Andrew performs in concerts and in competitions around the world, “developing a reputation as one of the country’s leading young classical guitarists.”

Andrew has won prizes at numerous competitions including, the Sydney Eisteddfod Open Classical Guitar Competition (1st), the Whitworth Roach Classical Music Competition (1st), the Friends of the School of Music Chamber Music Competition (1st), and most recently the Maurizio Biasini International Guitar Competition in San Francisco (3rd).

In December 2015, Andrew released his debut solo CD, Spanish Guitar Music, to critical acclaim: “beautifully lyrical… awesome playing, pulsating with suppressed Spanish machismo… rich imaginings of some well-known (and slightly lesser known) Spanish pieces presented wonderfully”.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Music with first-class honours from the Australian National University studying under renowned guitarists Timothy Kain and Minh le Hoang.  He is currently a PhD candidate at the Australian National University researching tertiary classical guitar pedagogy. As part of his research, Andrew spent 3 months of 2016 living in Paris, studying with, and researching the teaching methods of renowned French guitarist Judicael Perroy.