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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. Along with his love for Baroque music and historical performance practice, Andrew has dived deep into the music of the 19th century Viennese composer Johann Kaspar Mertz. Andrew's program titled Vienna 1847 consists of a thoughtfully curated selection of pieces from Mertz's largest collection of works, the Bardenklänge, Op.13, and transports listeners back in time to 19th century Vienna.
Andrew is currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Advanced Performer's Certificate in Early Music at the Eastman School of Music where he studies guitar with Nicholas Goluses and theorbo with Paul O'Dette. He received his Master of Music degree from the Royal Conseravtoire of Scotland in 2020 where he studied with Allan Neave and Matthew McAllister. As part of his Master's, Andrew recorded an album of Baroque music on guitar titled The Finer Things Club which features music by Silvius Leopold Weiss and George Frideric Handel. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arkansas where he studied with James Greeson.
Over the years, Andrew has studied and performed abroad in the UK, Ireland, and Spain. He has studied with world renowned pedagogues such as Paul Galbraith, Pavel Steidl, and Rene Izquierdo.