Andreas Varady is “one of the most talented people on this planet, who takes the music back to where it belongs,” says legendary music icon, Quincy Jones.
Within the past few years, a just-turned-16-year-old guitar sensation, Andreas Varady, has risen to the foreground of the jazz guitar arena. Andreas has played an impressive list of shows including: Bray Jazz Festival, Festival Django Reinhardt, Samoise, Sligo Jazz Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Derry Jazz Fest, Festival da Jazz, International Guitar Festival Santo Tirso, Newton Arts Guitar Festival, Riga Jazz Festival, Aalen Jazz Festival, Freiburf Jazz Festival, Ballidehob Jazz Fest, Innishowen Jazz Fest, Montreux Jazz Festival, New Caledonie Gypsy Jazz Fest, Dusseldorf Jazz Rally, Scareborough Jazz Fest, Rheingau Music Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival, International Wiehler Jazz, Wigan Jazz Festival, Northside Music Festival, Zelt Music Festival, Ronnie Scotts, Pserov Jazz Festival, Oslo Jazz Fest, Bolzano Jazz Festival, Clifden Jazz Fest, Dingle Jazz Fest, Doonbeg Jazz Fest, Bay Jazz Fest, and others.
Andreas started his ascent to mastering jazz guitar at a very young age. Born of Hungarian Gypsy descent, Andreas was raised in a small town in Slovakia and first began to play the guitar at four years old, tutored by his father, Bandi. Andreas was taught to learn songs by ear; his first tune the “Blue Bossa” jazz standard, and from then on he has continued to pursue the world of jazz music. Andreas has idolized his guitar hero George Benson, and from his early years has often been compared to the guitar legend.