20-Year-Old Classical Guitarist Composes with Former Yes Frontman Jon Anderson


Andrew Rubin, a 20-year-old classical guitarist hailing from Nipomo near the San Luis Obispo, California area, composed an eight-minute composition titled “Guitar Concerto” for classical guitar with former Yes frontman Jon Anderson.

The piece will premiere at the San Luis Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, October 25, with Rubin performing the guitar section.

Rubin met Anderson at Nipomo High School when he was 13. Anderson quickly noticed the natural “artist” in Rubin and the pair began collaborating on a classical composition. Rubin cited Stravinsky, Debussy, Sibelius, and Frank Zappa as influences while composing the piece, which is scored for two guitars and a full orchestra.


In March 2015, after Rubin’s rock band the Spaces Between split, the composition he and Anderson worked on resurfaced.

“I thought, ‘Wow, this is really cool, whatever happened to this?’” Rubin told the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Rubin coincidently ran into Bob Liepman, president of the San Luis Chamber Orchestra, and discussed the idea of performing the composition with the orchestra. Rubin reworked the piece and scored it for a full orchestra. “I locked myself in my garage. I just didn’t want to leave, and I got so absorbed in what I was doing, and I got so excited about it. I was spending eight hours a day on the score because it was so fun.”

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