Classical Guitar in Lawrence, KS

Andreas van Zoest

Andreas van Zoest


October 2009

Mr. van Zoest and members of his Carl Maria von Weber Guitar Orchestra returned to Lawrence 5--12 October 2009 for performances honoring the 20th anniversary of the Sister Cities exchange between Eutin, Germany, and Lawrence, KS. The main concert was held in the Lawrence Arts Center at 2:00 PM on 11 October 2009 and included a guest performance by the Lawrence Guitar Quartet. Selections from the program were also recorded in the Live Performance Studio of Kansas Public Radio. Click here for the RealPlayer or the Window Media Player version.

March 2009

The Lawrence Guitar Quartet debuted at the Max Kade Center, University of Kansas, on 1 March 2009.. Quartet members are Morgen Bahn, Bob Cross, Marc L. Greenberg, and Gary Reich. Bahn and Greenberg traveled to Eutin, Germany in June 2009 to tour with Mr. van Zoest's Orchestra as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sister Cities exchange between Eutin, Germany, and Lawrence, KS.

About Andreas van Zoest

Andreas van Zoest received his master's degree in music education with specialization in guitar at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, Germany. He then studied with Prof. Hans Michael Koch at the Musikhochschule in Hannover and graduated as a concert soloist. He continued his studies in master classes with Julian Bream, Pepe Romero, Karl Scheit, Leo Brouwer, Oscar Ghiglia, and others, followed by many years studying the performance and pedgogical methods of Roma musicians in Hungary as well as of the Russian-Jewish violin school.

Mr. van Zoest teaches guitar and ensemble performance at the Musikschule Ostholstein in Eutin. His students are among the most talented in Germany, having frequently won first prizes in the Jugend Musiziert competition.

Mr. van Zoest is the teacher and director of the Carl Maria von Weber Guitar Orchestra (formerly the Aranjuez Guitar Orchestra) and the guitar orchestra of the Musikschule Ostholstein. He performs with numerous chamber music groups and has been performing and recording internationally since 1987.

The Guitar Orchestra of the Musikschule Ostholstein (Eutin)

The Carl Maria von Weber Guitar Orchestra (CMWGO)

Contact information



  • See a video clip of the Eutin Guitar Orchestra performance at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, April 2007.
  • Listen to the February 2008 radio performance and interview with Andreas, Sandra Flessau, Graham Kreicker, and Rachel Hunter on KPR in Real Audio or Windows Media), engineered by Jason Slote.
  • Read the Lawrence Journal World article about Andreas and Sandra's visits to Lawrence USD 497 school music programs.
  • Download the program (PDF) of Andreas' duet concert with Sandra Flessau, March 2, 2008 in Swarthout Recital Hall, Univ. of Kansas. The program was designed by Meghan Bahn of
  • See (and join) also: The Kansas City Guitar Society

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