Andrew Wilder was born into a musical family. His parents are both professional classical musicians and his ten brothers and sisters have all studied classical music extensively. As a soloist, Mr. Wilder’s awards include first prize in the Senior Guitar competition of Society of American Musicians and the Koch Cultural Trust grant. He has participated in music festivals including the Mediterranean Guitar Festival in Cervo, Italy, and The Masterworks Festival. He was recently invited to give solo recitals in Columbia at the Teatro de Camsicá in Samaca, Colombia, and at the Catedral de Villa de Leyva.
Mr. Wilder has performed and studied throughout Europe, the United States and South America. Upon completing high school, he traveled to Europe to study in the Istituto Musicale Pareggiato Della Valle D’Aosta in Aosta, Italy. In the following year, he completed two artist diplomas in guitar performance at the Conservatorio Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Swizerland, under the instruction of Lorenzo Micheli. Currently Mr. Wilder is pursuing a degree in guitar performance with Dr. Andrew Zohn at the Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, where he performs as a soloist and takes part in chamber projects. He is increasingly involved in creating arrangements and transcriptions for both solo guitar and guitar in ensemble.
Mr. Wilder has studied privately with Matteo Mela, Denis Azabagic and Paul Galbraith, and has performed in master classes in Europe and the United States with professors including Aniello Desiderio, Zoran Dukic, Sussana Prieto, Carlos Perez, Roland Dyens, Rene Izquerdo, Johannes Moller, Massimo Lonardi, and others.