Recent Press Quotes/Reviews
“...a classical guitar virtuoso!”
(Boulder Daily Camera)
"From the moment Andy stepped on stage he charmed and captivated our audience with engaging opening stories to his songs and guitar work. We received such a positive response to Andy that we will be booking him again as a feature performer."
(Tanya Czerniakowski - City of Lone Tree)
"We have been fortunate to have the very talented Andy Hackbarth perform twice at the NIC... (his show) appeals to audiences of all ages. A true crowd-pleaser, I have gotten many requests to have him return and we have every intention of doing just that."
(Lori A. Klatt – NIC Festival)
“Andy is, without question, the most versatile performer I have ever seen… He has a natural charisma on stage, a mesmerizing virtuosity on the guitar, and a voice that completely captivates people.”
(Susan Varner, KSPK Radio)
“Your heart breaks and swells several times while listening...”
(Scott Southworth - The Music Row Show)
"...What refreshing, smooth music for your soul, that enters your ear and exits through a wonderful exhale of fine listening…”
(Preshias Harris, Nashville Music Journal)
“…Mind-bending classical guitar so pure it will make you weep for joy…Not to be missed.”
(Claude Appel - Cuchara Summer Nights Concert Series)
"...has already established himself atop the Who's Who list of next generation performers..."
(Sangre DeCristo Valley Lifestyles Magazine)
“It’s difficult to find a performer that can display such impressive musicality and genuine personality on stage!”
(Brandi Newton – Director, Colonial Theater)
A Tribute To Segovia
Award-winning classical/Spanish/fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Andy Hackbarth pays tribute to the “Father of the Classical Guitar,” Andres Segovia, through instrumental selections and short stories about Segovia's life and music. This eclectic musical journey transports listeners from the music of Bach and the cathedrals of Germany to the hills of Spain and the work of Albeniz and Tarrega, from classical Europe to the southern tip of South America. "A Tribute to Segovia" also looks to modern music and how Segovia's work has influenced the contemporary guitar world.
Andy Hackbarth – Artist Biography
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 following several years of study at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and the Aspen Music School. He has studied privately and in Masterclass settings 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, or 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 position on the Music Faculty 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 strives to find new ways to reach students of all kinds, and through an extensive portfolio of unique workshops and lectures, is able to make educational outreach an integral part of his touring schedule.
Andy is currently based out of Denver, CO and Nashville, TN. An avid traveler, adventurer, outdoorsman, and extreme sports junkie, you can often find him jumping out of an airplane or off a cliff into a far-away ocean. His parents raised llamas, and as a child he was branded with the unfortunate nickname of, ‘Llama Boy’. After college, he worked the graveyard shift as a security officer, as it afforded him plenty of time to practice guitar! Andy most recently spent the winter traveling as a featured musician on cruise ships, visiting Australia, Tahiti, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Alaska. And has three best friends; his two nieces and his dog/co-pilot, Samson.