I have been playing the guitar since I was 10 years old. I have had extensive training in most styles. Classical guitar is my style of focus in my professional performing career but I continue to play in a variety of styles. I have studied all over the U.S. and Europe with some of the world's finest teachers. I have been awared scholarships to institutions such as the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, the Konkinklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Royal Conservatory of Brussels) in Belgium, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. I do not see myself as only a musician. It is my life’s goal to be an artist. This means a variety of things to me. I wish to enhance people’s lives by revealing the beautiful things in life and encouraging them to develop their own identity as artists. My chosen medium is music but I have a very comprehensive and conceptual approach to it. Coupling this with my deep passion for teaching (and people in general) I wish to encourage others in discovering the richness of art in their own lives. I believe these things are meant for anyone wishing to acquire them. I have a particular passion for French Impressionistic music, especially Claude Debussy. His music, as well as his approach to music are deeply meaningful to me. He once said “Music, don't you know, is a dream from which the veils have been lifted.” This is my goal in both teaching and performing: to lift the veil for others.
Andrew W. has over 17 years of music experience in the Cincinnati area.
Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium), 2013-2016 Principal Teacher: Antigoni Goni (chair of guitar department). Grades: Highest Distinction Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati, 2009-2013. GPA: 3.8 (Magna Cum Laude). Principal Teacher: Clare Callahan (tenured chair of guitar department) Merit/need-based scholarship recipient at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel Merit/need-based recipient of the Andrés Segovia Scholarship for classical guitar at CCM 2-time merit-based scholarship recipient for study with Sharon Isbin (The Juilliard School) at the Aspen Music Festival and School for the summers of 2012 and 2013 Merit-based entrance scholarship recipient to the undergraduate classical guitar program at CCM, 2009-2013 Approximately 30 masterclasses with well-known teachers and performers worldwide, 2009-2016. A list is available upon request.
Many private lessons with teachers such as Jim McCutcheon.
Master’s solo and chamber music performance exams/concerts, Brussels, 2013-2016 Professional chamber music concerts in Belgium with performer/teacher Antigoni Goni (chair of guitar department at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel) Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo, May 2013 Menuet Antique by Maurice Ravel (arr. Andrew Wygant), Brussels 2015 Images Oubliées by Claude Debussy (arr. Andrew Wygant) for school and professional quartet performances with Antigoni Goni, Brussels 2014 Impresiones Intimas by Federico Mompou (arr. Andrew Wygant), for school and professional quartet performances with Antigoni Goni, Brussels 2015 Toward the Sea by Toru Takemitsu, Brussels 2014 The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, June, 2013 Concerto Elegiaco by Leo Brouwer, November 2012, June 2016 Quintet No. 4 for Guitar and Strings in D G.448 – ‘Fandango’ by Luigi Boccherini, November 2012 Suite Buenos Aires by Maximo Diego Pujol, November 2012 and May 2012 Bachianas No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, April 2012 Ayre by Osvaldo Golijov with CCM Chamber Orchestra, April 2011 CCM Classical Guitar Ensemble, 2009-2013 Senior, Junior, Sophomore, Freshman, and Chamber Recitals: College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati, 2010-2013 Aspen Music Festival and School: Aspen, Colorado, solo performances, 2012 and 2013 The Volterra Project, Volterra, Italy, solo performance, 2011 Tennessee State University Guitar Seminar, solo performance, July 29, 2010
I am currently employed teaching classical guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass. I have taught private guitar lessons in a variety of styles beginning in 2008 and have worked as a freelance performer for many years. During the acquisition of my Master of Music degree in Brussels, Belgium I taught approximately 30 students on a weekly basis over a 3-year period.
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Prof. Classical Guitar, Head of Guit. Department, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium
"Trying to describe in words the immense talent, unique musicianship, exquisite pedagogical and social skills, charismatic personality and amiable and social presence of my former student and guitar quartet partner Andrew W. will be an impossible task. I will simply say instead that his presence and artistic contribution in your school will be of immense value. I have no reservations that within very short time you will feel exactly the same with the way I feel about his work and work ethics." Antigoni Goni wrote at Wednesday, Dec. 14th 2016
Prof. Classical Guitar, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
"I am happy to give a very enthusiastic recommendation to you for guitarist Andrew W. Andy completed his BM degree in Classical Guitar here and excelled in performance as well as academics. His character is above reproach and he is always one to prepare his lessons, his concerts, everything. He is amiable, supportive, and fair with his students. You will be pleased." Clare Callahan wrote at Saturday, Oct. 22nd 2016
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