As usual, Andrew Zohn has been traveling and performing this summer.
He performed in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Canada.
In between gigs, he spent some time in Columbus, but not much.
Even though Zohn, the Columbus State University professor of guitar, is glad to be home, he was still excited about performing in one of the largest guitar festivals in the world at 18th International Guitar Symposium in Iserlohn, Germany.
Because he was performing in Europe for much of the summer, he decided on a brand new program to play overseas, and that’s what he’s playing Monday.
“I’ve picked pieces that haven’t been played here before, I believe,” Zohn said in his office last week. “I would like to call it ‘An Evening of Elegant Music,’ and hopefully, people would think the same.”
The people at the various festivals seemed to like the program, he said. And he’s been invited back to Iserlohn for the symposium in either 2011 or 2012.
Zohn chose the music that isn’t often played. And he chose the music “mostly for my own enjoyment.”
He calls Columbus “a pretty good guitar town.” he thinks that guitar, even classical guitar, has an appeal that other instruments don’t.
Zohn has 13 guitar students this year, including three who are working on their artist’s diploma. He said he rejected more students than he accepted.
He’s really excited about this season. “We’ve got an incredible year for guitar,” he said. In 2011, the Guitar Foundation of America convention will be centered in the Schwob School of Music. It was here in 2006.
“I’m already working on it,” he said.”