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Kristian Anderson

Kristian Anderson is an accomplished concert guitarist having performed in Europe and across North America. Critics have hailed his performances, describing his talents as "showstopping” (dallasmusic.com) and encompassing “prodigious virtuosity” (Soundboard). After winning First Prize at several U.S. solo guitar competitions, he turned his attention to his doctoral studies at Florida State University and founded the acclaimed guitar ensemble Tantalus Quartet. Since he received his doctorate in 2008, Tantalus has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Guitar Foundation of America Festival, the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium, the New York Guitar Seminar, Brownsville Guitar Festival, and for many other music series and festivals around the globe. The quartet has commissioned and premiered several new works from today’s leading composers, including Grammy-nominated Apostolos Paraskevas, whose concerto “The Feast” was premiered by Tantalus with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Kristian has received an array of teaching assistantships and scholarships awarded by Florida State University (DM), Arizona State University (MM), and the University of North Texas (BM). His primary teachers include esteemed pedagogues Bruce Holzman, Frank Koonce, Thomas Johnson, and Alan Johnston. He has also studied under guitar luminaries Oscar Ghiglia, Leo Brouwer, Roland Dyens, Odair Assad, among many more.

An experienced educator, Anderson has taught at Florida State University and Arizona State University, and has held adjunct professorships at the University of North Texas and Thomas University. He regularly gives master classes, adjudicates competitions, and is invited to lecture at schools and festivals on the art of practicing.

As a composer, he has written and arranged several pieces for solo guitar, guitar duo, and guitar quartet. Most recently, his solo piece “Improvisation” was published in Soundboard magazine.

Kristian currently lives with his wife in Minneapolis, where, in addition to his prolific classical guitar life, he enjoys a thriving career as a theater musician, performing approximately 400 shows a year.  He currently heads guitar studies at North Hennepin Community College, teaches at MacPhail Center for Music, and is on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Guitar Society.

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