Anri was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. He started playing classical guitar at the age of 11 and switched to electric guitar at the age 13. At the age of 17, after playing in several rock bands as a teenager, he attended Musicians Institute (MI), which sparked his interest in Jazz and improvised music.  In 2006, at the age of 21, Anri got accepted to the renowned German music conservatory Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. While there, he studied under renowned European guitarist Frank Möbus. During his time at the conservatory he had the opportunity to participate in various master classes and workshops with artists such as John Taylor, Palle Danielson, Martial Solal, Carlos Bica, Jim Black, Renaud Garcia Fonds and Martin France. To further his education, Anri attended Berklee College of Music in 2011 on a special 1 year scholarship. Anri has also worked and composed for various TV commercials and musicals in the Germany, including the famous “Film studios Babelsberg”.  After receiving his Master’s Degree in Jazz Guitar in 2013 from Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, Anri moved to Tokyo and is continuing his work on his own original art and compositions. The American Guitar Academy is proud to have him as part of our team!


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I feel very lucky…

I took lessons at the American Guitar Academy while working in Japan. I feel very lucky to have found out about the academy and highly recommend it to anyone interested in guitar while in Japan. My instructor was an experienced guitar teacher, and attentive to both my progress and my learning methods. Many times when …

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It’s not just guitar, it’s “Music”…

I am having a lot of fun learning at the American Guitar Academy! My teacher has taught me not only guitar, but what music really is.  I was obsessed with learning techniques and I have forgotten the fun when playing the guitar.  My teacher always reminds me of the fun when I was struggling with …

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Aiko Ishikawa

I am officially a music major…

I’m doing great and enjoying my time at college. I just wanted to let you all know that I am extremely thankful that I was able to have you as my guitar teachers for about a year, and that I was able to learn from you all. Now that I am officially a music major …

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Unique instruction…

I learned the knowledge and techniques not available in any other schools in Japan!