MURIEL THE GUITARIST
Combining imaginative playing and impeccable classical
technique, Muriel Anderson developed a style all her own that
has earned her a legion of fans around the globe. Her
compositions draw from a startling variety of sources, showing
the passion for music, oneness with her instrument, and gentle
sense of humor which have endeared her to audiences worldwide.
She has released seven CD's in the US and three in Japan, two
videos, and has authored numerous articles and instructional
books. Her "Heartstrings" cassette traveled as far as
outer space, accompanying the astronauts on a space shuttle
MURIEL THE COMPOSER
In addition to her solo pieces, Muriel has composed music for
guitar and orchestra, music for guitar and violin for Chicago's
virtuoso Rachel Barton, and has recorded a CD of music for
guitar and cello entitled "Theme for Two Friends" with
cellist Julie Adams. She has written title tracks for four
albums including the new release LIVING OUT A DREAM for guitar
and cello by Julie Adams and Richard Smith. She has just
premiered music for guitar and womens choir with the
Chicago-based Vox Caelestis, and is currently working on a
quintet for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.
Muriel Anderson was raised in a musical family in Downers Grove,
Illinois. Her mother taught piano and her grandfather had played
saxophone in John Philip Sousa's band. Her mother often played a
piano ragtime standard called "Nola," so Muriel
learned it on her guitar. Years later, she took that song to the
National Fingerpicking Guitar Championships and became the first
nylon-string guitarist and first female guitarist to win. She is
still the only woman to hold the title. Muriel fell in love with
the guitar at an early age and learned every style available to
her, culminating in classical guitar study at DePaul University.
She went on to study with classical virtuoso Christopher
Parkening and with Nashville legend Chet Atkins. She has
composed music since age 6, and has written music for guitar and
orchestra as well as songs and instrumentals.
classical guitar is "The Muriel Model" made by Paul
McGill. in Nashville, TN. Her harp guitar is built by Del
Langejans and her steel string guitar is built by Kevin Ryan.
She plays on GHS strings and also endorses UltraSound Amps.
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