A native of Rochester, NY, Andy Jurik earned his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College while studying classical guitar with Pablo Cohen and jazz guitar/arranging with Steve Brown. After graduating cum laude he spent two years as a musician with Holland America cruise lines, traveling and performing throughout Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.
In 2012 Andy graduated from Austin Peay State University with an M.M. in classical guitar performance where he studied guitar and arranging with Stanley Yates, won the Collegiate Concerto competition, and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student award. Currently ABD in his doctoral studies at the University of South Carolina, Andy served as a graduate assistant for three years under renowned pedagogue Christopher Berg, during which time he taught undergraduate lessons and coached various guitar ensembles.
Andy has twice performed on the ASCAP award winning Southern Exposure new music series: in 2013 as part of a concert honoring composer John Fitz Rogers, and in 2015 performing on Louis Andriessen's masterpiece "De Staat." Other recent performances include the Region 7 NASA conference, Conundrum Music Hall, and the xMUSE Broken Symmetry computer music concert series. Passionate about chamber music, Andy has performed with mezzo-soprano Rachel Hansbury, flutist Diane Kessel, flute and percussion duo flusSion (Lauren Watkins and Jeff Vaughn), and is currently a member of Duo Cortado (w/ Devin Sherman, guitar) and the Notus Duo (w/ Gabe Fadale, saxophone).
Passionate about contemporary music, Andy has collaborated and performed with CICA (Collaborations In Contemporary Art) and the ebb.flow. collective in concerts featuring film, visual art, and multimedia collaborations. Additionally, he has premiered and been the dedicatee of works by George Fetner, Kevin Cope, Larry Anthony Fountain II, Travis Kneisly, and Zach Pentecost. An avid arranger, Andy has transcribed and arranged music for solo guitar as well as various duos, trios, quartets, and quintets featuring voice, flute, percussion, mandolin, and cello, featuring music from the classical repertoire, jazz, Brazilian choro, the Beatles, and Radiohead.