Andrew Blanch

Andrew Blanch is recognised as one of Australia’s leading young classical guitarists. He made his solo recital debut at the Sydney Opera House in 2017 to critical acclaim, and to date his career has taken him around the world with concerts in Europe, USA and New Zealand.

Andrew’s debut solo project Spanish Guitar Music receives regular airplay on ABC Classic FM. It was released to international critical acclaim with Soundboard Magazine (USA) calling it “one of the best debut albums I’ve ever heard” and Classics Today (USA) noting that “anyone looking for an extremely enjoyable Spanish Guitar collection could hardly ask for more.”   

In 2018 Andrew’s schedule includes:

  • Touring with The José Carbó Trio, an ensemble of two guitars and voice with Australia’s premier baritone.  
  • Performing Nigel Westlake’s Antarctica Suite with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer himself.
  • Touring New Zealand, and performing at and adjudicating, the 3rd Biennial New Zealand Guitar Competition, with guitar duo partner Ariel Nurhadi.  
  • An invitation to perform and teach at the Festival de Guitarra Joaquín Rodrigo in Spain, as well as other concerts in Spain, Italy and the UK.  Andrew has previously performed Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in San Francisco in a competition final.

Andrew is a graduate of Timothy Kain’s renowned guitar class at the Australian National University and has won ten major competition prizes including First Place in both the Melbourne International Guitar Competition (2016) and the Whitworth-Roach Classical Music Competition (2015).

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Andrew Blanch in the 2018 Newcastle Music Festival