André Mertens is a passionate musician and enthusiastic music trainer. Already as a teenager, he started playing in bands and teaching guitar. Among his musical highlights are winning the Robert Johnson Guitar Awards as the best young guitarist in Germany, many workshops with well-known musicians, a big tour through the USA and Canada with guitar legend Uli Jon Roth and worldwide performances on festivals like 70.000 Tons of Metal in Miami/Florida and the Metaldays in Slowenia.
André studied at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover, where he not only perfected his skills as a guitarist, but also deepened his knowledge of other instruments such as drums, bass, piano and vocals, and became involved in studio production and composition/songwriting. Since then, he has been touring Europe with his bands and has played hundreds of gigs. With his rock band Cryptex, he has released three albums and signed a worldwide record deal with SPV/Steamhammer. In the Professional Program, André’s teaching focus is on rock improvisation, sound, bending and legato.
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