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Classical Guitarist &
Theorbo Player

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Biography

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            Andrew Flory is a classical guitarist and theorbo player based in Rochester, New York. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate and Performer’s Certificate recipient at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. There he studies guitar with Naxos recording artist Dr. Nicholas Goluses and is also pursuing an Advanced Performer’s certificate in Early Music with world renowned lutenist and historical performance practice expert Paul O’Dette. In addition to his guitar performances, Andrew plays theorbo as a member of the Collegium Musicum Baroque orchestra led by Paul O’Dette and Christel Thielmann and he performs every Sunday night at Christ Church in Rochester with Schola Cantorum for their candlelight compline service. Andrew also performs solo theorbo works in his solo performances.

            In May of 2023, Andrew was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society for his "musical excellence" and "outstanding academic record". Notable recent performances include Rochester Guitar Festival 2022, Rochester Fringe Festival 2021 and 2022, RCS Big Guitar Weekend Student and Alumni showcase 2022, Christ Church Candlelight Concert 2023, MUSIC at St. Mark’s 2022 and 2023, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and King Arthur with Collegium Musicum 2022 and 2023 respectively. Internationally, Andrew has performed in the UK and Spain.

            Andrew received his Master of Music degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2020 under the direction of Allan Neave and Matthew McAllister. It was at RCS where Andrew began his lute and theorbo studies with Jamie Akers. For his final Master's project, Andrew recorded an album of Baroque music arranged for the guitar. That album includes a lute suite by Silvius Leopold Weiss and a harpsichord suite by George Frideric Handel. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arkansas in 2015 where he studied with Dr. James Greeson.

            In addition to his traditional studies, Andrew has studied at Rene Izquierdo's Camino Artes workshop in Carrion de los Condes, Spain and in numerous lessons and masterclasses with other great guitarists and pedagogues such as Paul Galbraith and Pavel Steidl. 

            Andrew’s theorbo is a reproduction of a 17th century Schelle theorbo which was built by Daniel Yost of Buffalo, New York. Andrew plays a 2016 Stephan Connor guitar.

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Calendar

- August 17, 2024: West Coast Tour; St. Paul's Concert Series; St. Paul's Episcopal Church; Walnut Creek, CA, 7 pm PT

- August 10, 2024: West Coast Tour; Trinity Lutheran Church of Pleasanton; Pleasanton, CA, 7 pm PT

- August 10, 2024: West Coast Tour; First UMC San Diego; San Diego, CA, 4 pm PT

- March 09, 2023: Fourteen and Six: A Theorbo and Guitar Concert; Connecticut Guitar Guild; First Congregational Church; Cromwell, CT, 7:30 pm EST  

- December 12, 2023: Collegium Musicum; Kilbourn Hall at The Eastman School of Music; Rochester, NY, 7:30 pm EST  

- November 18, 2023: Fourteen and Six: A combined Theorbo and Guitar Concert; Skaneateles Library; Skaneateles, NY, 7:30 pm EST  

- November 12, 2023: Fourteen and Six: A combined Theorbo and Guitar Concert; The Church of the Western Reserve; Cleveland, OH, 7:30 pm EST  

- September 9, 2023: Doctoral Lecture Recital; Ciminelli Hall at The Eastman School of Music; Rochester, NY, 4:30 pm EST  

- April 25, 2023: Collegium Musicum; Kilbourn Hall at The Eastman School of Music; Rochester, NY, 7:30 pm EST  

- February 28, 2023: Collegium Musicum; Kilbourn Hall at The Eastman School of Music; Rochester, NY, 7:30 pm EST  

- February 16, 2023: MUSIC at St. Mark's; St. Mark's Episcopal Church; Le Roy, NY, 7:30 pm EST

- February 5, 2023: Candlelight Concert; Christ Church; Rochester, NY, 8:30 pm EST

- December 13, 2022: Collegium Musicum; Kilbourn Hall at The Eastman School of Music; Rochester, NY, 7:30 pm EST  

- December 9, 2022: OSSIA; Kilbourn Hall at The Eastman School of Music; Rochester, NY, 7:30 pm EST  

- September 13, 2022: Rochester Fringe Festival; The Theater at Innovation Square; Rochester, NY, 6 pm EST  TICKETS

***Andrew also performs weekly with Schola Cantorum at Christ Church in Rochester, NY at 9 PM for their Candlelight Compline service

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           Andrew Flory is a classical guitarist and theorbo player based in Rochester, New York. His diverse programming ranges from Baroque music played on his reproduction 17th century Schelle theorbo to modern guitar works such as the heart wrenching Ophelia by the late Phillip Houghton. He currently offers two solo programs. The first of which is a program featuring both classical guitar and solo theorbo works. This program offers a wide variety of music spanning from the Baroque period to the 21st century. His second solo program features only solo theorbo works. This program brings the listener on a journey back to the 17th century starting with works by the Italian theorbo greats Alessandro Piccinini (1566-1638) and Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (1580-1651). The program then focuses on the music of Robert de Visée (1655-1732/33) who was wrote in the contrasting French style and was a court musician for Louis XIV. 

            Andrew is currently a Doctoral Candidate and Performer’s Certificate recipient at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. There he studies guitar with Naxos recording artist Dr. Nicholas Goluses and is also pursuing an Advanced Performer’s certificate in Early Music with world renowned lutenist and historical performance practice expert Paul O’Dette. In addition to guitar performances, Andrew plays theorbo as a member of the Collegium Musicum Baroque orchestra led by Paul O’Dette and Christel Thielmann and he performs every Sunday night at Christ Church in Rochester with Schola Cantorum for their candlelight compline service. Andrew also performs solo theorbo works in his solo performances.

            Notable recent performances include Rochester Guitar Festival 2022, Rochester Fringe Festival 2021 and 2022, RCS Big Guitar Weekend Student and Alumni showcase 2022, Christ Church Candlelight Concert 2023, MUSIC at St. Mark’s 2022 and 2023, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and King Arthur with Collegium Musicum 2022 and 2023 respectively. Internationally, Andrew has performed in the UK and Spain.

            Andrew received his Master of Music degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2020 under the direction of Allan Neave and Matthew McAllister. 

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