Guitarist Dr. Matthew Anderson to Perform at YHC

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
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Guitarist Dr. Matthew Anderson to Perform at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Division of Fine Arts will present a special performance by guitarist Matthew Anderson, D.M.A., as part of the “Sutherland Concert Series” Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the Young Harris College campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Anderson will perform a variety of classical guitar arrangements, including Eduardo Sainz de la Maza’s Campanas del Alba and Emilio Pujol’s El Abejorro. He will also perform an assortment of pieces by Cuban conductor, composer and guitarist Leo Brouwer, as well as Koyunbaba Op. 19 by Italian guitarist and composer Carlo Domeniconi.

Dr. Anderson is a concert artist, studio musician and founding member of the acclaimed chamber group, the Athens Guitar Trio. He has presented master classes throughout the country, and often performs solo and chamber music on a rare 11-string guitar built for him by renowned guitar builder Kenny Hill.

Born in San Jose, Calif., Dr. Anderson moved to north Georgia at an early age. Self-taught for several years, he took up guitar studies with renowned pedagogue John Sutherland at Georgia State University. He continued his studies with Sutherland at the University of Georgia, where he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in performance. Dr. Anderson currently teaches guitar at Reinhardt University and North Georgia College & State University.

Dr. Anderson’s recording activities have included chamber music, pedagogical recordings and session work. His most recent recordings are the Athens Guitar Trio’s debut album, Emergence, as well as solo contributions to the accompanying CD for FJH Publications’ Everybody’s Classical Guitar, Vol. 1

The “Sutherland Concert Series” at Young Harris College was established in honor of world-renowned guitar instructor John Sutherland and his legacy of educational and artistic excellence. Described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as the “Dean of Guitarists,” Sutherland was responsible for initiating numerous guitar programs in the state, including those at the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Dekalb College and Columbus State University.

For more information, call the Young Harris College Division of Fine Arts at (706) 379-5182.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit

Dr. Matthew Anderson.