Andrew York (guitarist)

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Andrew York
Born 1958
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Classical, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Classical guitar
Labels Timeless, EMI, Telarc, Sony, Delos, GSP
Associated acts Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Andrew York (born 1958) is an American classical guitarist, lutenist and composer.


York was born in 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Virginia.[1] He received degrees from James Madison University in Virginia and the University of Southern California. He studied in Spain, where he met classical guitarist John Williams. Williams has performed and recorded compositions by York. In 1989, York released his debut solo album, Perfect Sky (Timeless, 1989). He was a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet until 2006.[2]

York is the only alumnus in USC's history to have received their Distinguished Alumni Award twice, in 1997 as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and again in 2003 for his solo music career.[3]

He played lute with the USC Early Music Ensemble. In addition to his solo career, recording and performing his own compositions, York's recent collaborations include projects with Andy Summers, W. A. Mathieu, Dai Kimura, and Mitsuko Kado. York's tour schedule has included concerts in thirty countries.[4] York's compositions and arrangements for guitar have been performed and recorded by guitarists John Williams, Christopher Parkening, and Sharon Isbin.


York has over 50 works published for guitar: solo, duo, trio, quartet, and ensemble. He has appeared in three DVDS, has recorded or appeared as soloist on more than ten albums, and has published a three-volume work on jazz for classical guitarists. York plays on ten recordings with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, including the Grammy Award-winning Guitar Heroes (2005). His solo albums include: Perfect Sky (1986), Dénouement (1994), Into Dark (1997), California Breeze (2006), Hauser Sessions (2007), and Yamour (2012).

Regarding Dénouement, Jim Ferguson stated that the five original suites that make up the recording "demonstrate [York's] exceptional compositional breadth, commanding instrumental abilities, and rich tone. Rife with folk, jazz, and ancient influences, the material ranges from challenging to simple yet highly musical."[5]



With LAGQ[edit]

Collaborations, Compilations[edit]


  • Contemporary Classic Guitar
  • LAGQ Live!
  • Primal Twang



  1. ^ Morgan, L. "News - Andrew York Interview". Fingerstyle Guitarists. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Cummings, Robert. "Andrew York | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Bio
  4. ^ Andrew York
  5. ^ Denouement CD review by Jim Ferguson, Guitar Player Magazine, July 1994.
  6. ^ Complete Discography

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