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“profundity and sensibility have been captured in the interpretative skill of Mr. Avers…. a facility and energy that transports the listener.”

- Les Cahiers de la Guitare, France

Randall Avers grew up in Massillon, Ohio and began playing classical guitar under the tutelage of Michael Vahila and Stephen Aron.   His formal music education began at the University of Akron age 12 with continuing studies at the Oberlin Conservatory (BM), the Paris Conservatory CNSMDP (1ère prix, Diplome), the University of Arizona (MM), Norges Musikkhøyskole in Norway.  Avers won international awards at the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, Yamaha France and René Bartoli and was selected by the United States International Service (USIS) to tour North Africa and Egypt as an American Cultural Ambassador.

He has four recordings – three solo (Vistas, Puerto Viejo, Man in the Moon) and one with the guitar duo Les Frères Méduses (Modern Guitar Duets).  In 2010, Avers was awarded an Artists Stipend by the Norwegian Government and embarked on a two-year research project that focused on the compositional and improvisational style of ECM recording artist Ralph Towner.   The result was ”Man in the Moon”, a full-length Towner tribute album that includes the recording premiere of the Maddalena Variations.  Minor 7th deemed it “a landmark recoding”.

Avers compositional output ranges from film scores to short studies for solo guitar. He received commissions by the Akerhus Fylkeskommune and the Austin Classical Guitar Society and cowrote works with Rami Vamos (12 Silly Songs for 12 Silly Strings) and Benoit Albert (Mekanisk, the Unknown).  Recordings and publications are available through Clear Note Publications.

Randall Avers makes his home in Norway and instructs guitar at the Nord-Jarlsberg Kulturskole.


“Randall Avers interprets as Frank Lloyd Wright designed.  His performances consist of clear lines meant to work with the composer, not dominate him.”

- Guitarra Magazine, Andrew Hull

“when Avers plays, every preconceived notion of a ‘viable interpretation’ is turned on its side and Avers spreads rays of light on the composition.”

- Mickey Jones, Presenter, Albuquerque Academy