As an active soloist, chamber musician, electronic musician, and composer from the United States, Andy Cowling has a passion for furthering music appreciation, from the ancient to music written to address the social issues of the present day. Cowling presents solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States and Europe.
In 2014, Andy Cowling graduated summa cum laude from the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media in Musical Performance under Germany's leading classical guitarist Prof. Frank Bungarten. Studying with Prof. Paul Reilly, he received his Bachelor of Music at the Ball State University and graduated with an Artist Diploma in Classical Guitar Performance in 2011.
In addition to classical guitar, Cowling composes and performs electronic music. His solo debut album, “July 4, 2020”, was released on the legendary label Mille Plateaux in the summer of 2020. A follow-up release, also on on Mille Plateaux, "November 2, 2020" came soon afterwards.
The main theme of Cowling's solo works is an unwaveringly critical dissection of current social and political events. In his solo works, Cowling employs a musical language that combines elements of noise, pop, classical music, and everything else in-between that can be shaped into a snapshot of the successive moments of failure, turmoil, oppression, desperation, upheaval, and lies that are repeatedly lost to time. Instead of slowly forgetting, Cowling attempts to burn the memory of these combined moments straight into the listeners minds with the raw sounds of his anti-escapist music.
Since 2016, Cowling has also had an ongoing collaboration with John-Robin Bold. Under the moniker BOLD/COWLING, the duo has performed extensively across Europe. In February 2021, the duo released their debut album, "we may be on the way", as a tape/digital release on Glenn Dancer Records.
Cowling has held several teaching positions as an adjunct professor at Taylor University, as the Graduate Assistant for Guitar at Ball State University. Currently he is teaching Classical Guitar at the New Yorker Musische Akademie in CJD Braunschweig, Germany and maintains a private studio.