Bio

Classical Guitarist, Composer, Teacher

 

Peabody Conservatory of Music: BM, MM

 

Andy studied guitar privately for seven years under Frank Koonce, Professor of Classical Guitar at Arizona State University, and then went on to receive his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying under Nathaniel Gunod and Julian Gray. Andy studied composition with composer Chen Yi at Peabody, who is now Professor in Music Composition at the Conservatory of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

 

Andy Mitchell (MM, BM: The Peabody Conservatory of Music) has studied with guitarists Frank Koonce, Nathaniel Gunod, and Julian Gray in addition to studying with composer Chen Yi. He has performed with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, with an Annapolis Orchestra, for the Arizona and Baltimore Classical Guitar Societies, on public radio, and has toured with vocal artist Steve Green, in addition to playing numerous regular concerts in the Mid-Eastern U.S. through Artist's Representation International. He is on the guitar faculty at the Levine School of Music and the International School of Music. He has lectured for the Baltimore and Philadelphia Classical Guitar Societies, and at several guitar festivals. Andy was listed as an Honored Professional in the 2002 Edition of National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals and received recognition in Classical Guitar magazine. In 1999, Andy released his debut solo guitar album, "Chimaera," which showcases a range of compositional styles, including seven of his own compositions. His recordings have been aired on the Dayton Public Radio program “The Intimate Guitar” and his compositions have been performed live on public radio and TV, including performances on NPR and Fox News. In 2012, classical guitarist Valerie Hartzell recorded Andy's solo guitar composition, “Drift,” on her album “Ex Tenebris Lux.” (Soundset Recordings) Andy's music has been performed in college recitals, in concerts, and has been used as required guitar repertoire for the National Federation of Music Clubs competitions. His music has also been purchased by several colleges for their music libraries, and is now available for purchase online. Today, Andy continues developing his music career as a guitar composer and teacher.