Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 2:30pm
Award-winning American recording artist, classical guitarist and songwriter Andy Hackbarth holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition, Andy studied for several years at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and the Aspen Music School. He has studied privately, as well as taken Master Classes with some the world’s most highly-respected musicians, including John Williams, Christopher Parkening, Elliot Fisk, Ricardo Iznaola and Julliard’s Sharon Isbin and Kevin Gallagher. He has won, placed, and been a finalist in numerous major national and international competitions, including the International Acoustic Music Awards, The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Competition, Music Teacher’s National Association Competition, the Neale Silva Foundation Competition, Stars of Tomorrow, the International Songwriting Competition, and others.
Before turning to the life of a full-time touring musician, Andy held a faculty position in the music department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he taught guitar, theory, and songwriting for three years during graduate studies. Andy has also worked with thousands of children, teens and adults at schools, libraries, and community education centers throughout the country. He works toward finding innovative ways to reach students, and, through an extensive portfolio of unique workshops and lectures, he is able to make educational outreach an integral part of his touring schedule.
Andy is currently based out of Denver, CO and Nashville, TN. He most recently spent the winter traveling as a featured musician on cruise ships traveling to Australia, Tahiti, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Alaska.