Andrew Blanch has been making a splash in recent years with frequent concertising, a number of competition prizes and widespread success of his debut CD Spanish Guitar Music. Soundboard Magazine (USA) called Spanish Guitar Music "one of the best debut albums I've ever heard", Limelight Magazine (Australia) gave it 4 stars praising his "unique gifts" and the Melbourne Guitar Foundation has declared Andrew "one of Australia's foremost classical guitarists”.
Growing up on the beaches of Sydney's east and playing the guitar since the age of 6, Andrew left for Canberra at the age of 18 to study with renowned guitarist Timothy Kain. After more than five years under Kain's mentorship, Andrew has since returned to Sydney, giving concerts around the country and abroad including recitals in Paris, London, Washington DC and a concerto performance with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Alumni Orchestra. He excelled on the competition circuit with over ten major prizes including First Place in both the Melbourne International Guitar Competition (2016) and the Whitworth-Roach Classical Music Competition (2015).
Andrew is now enjoying life in Sydney's north, which he uses as a base between domestic and international touring. Among other exciting projects on his schedule for 2018, Andrew will be: the guitar soloist in Nigel Westlake’s Antarctica Suite with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the composer himself, touring New Zealand and giving concerts around Australia with his guitar duo with Ariel Nurhadi, presenting brand new arrangements of operatic arias and art song for two guitars and voice with Australia’s premiere baritone José Carbó in concerts around the country, giving solo recitals in Europe including at the ‘Festival Guitarra Maestro Joaquin Rodrigo’ in Quartell, Spain, where he is an invited artist giving concerts and masterclasses.
Also follow this link to read in Limelight about Andrew’s recent win at the Adelaide Guitar Festival