Bio

Kristian Anderson’s versatility as a musician has resulted in a thriving performing career, covering a wide range of endeavors and accomplishments.

Upon completing his doctoral degree with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University, Kristian returned to his native Minneapolis, MN in 2008, where he has been in demand both in and out of the classical realm.

A founding member of the Tantalus Quartet, he has performed throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, the GFA Festival, the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium, National Polish Radio, and more.

As a soloist, he is a gold medal winner of several classical guitar competitions and has concertized at festivals and guitar societies throughout the United States.

As a composer, he has written and arranged several pieces for solo guitar, guitar duo, and guitar quartet. His solo piece “Improvisation” was recently published in Soundboard magazine, and his new quartet “Ignes Fatui” is featured on the latest recording from the Tantalus Quartet.

Kristian also performs regularly in a variety of different settings outside of classical guitar. Credits include the Broadway Tour of Legally Blonde: The Musical, on electric guitar with the North Carolina Symphony, and approximately 400 shows a year throughout the Twin Cities as a professional theater musician.

A passionate educator, Kristian has lectured, adjudicated competitions, and given masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad. He has held faculty positions the University of North Texas and Thomas University, and now heads guitar studies at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis. His past students have gone on to win competitions and been accepted into the studios at Florida State, Arizona State, the University of North Texas, and McNally Smith College of Music.

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.

He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.

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