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About

Music has been an important part of Andrew DiRuzza's life since his initial exposure to 70’s and 80’s radio hits as a child. As an appreciator of music, DiRuzza’s intellectual curiosity paved the way for his future as a musician, guitarist, composer, and educator. DiRuzza attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he majored in Jazz performance and studied with Bob Ferrier, Adam Kolker and Jeff Holmes, among others.

 

He graduated in 2004 and moved to New York City for the purpose of being immersed in music. In 2011, he enrolled in a Master’s program at the University of Iowa where he focused on jazz performance and composition, and graduated in 2014. DiRuzza’s 2014 debut album entitled "Shapes and Analogies" is a representation of many years of musical study and application. 

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DiRuzza has been teaching music and guitar since 1996 and has been performing since 1994. He has been a college level music instructor at four institutions between 2014 and 2017 and has taught applied guitar, music theory and music appreciation (Augustana College, Kirkwood Community College, Blackhawk College and Greenfield Community College). DiRuzza relocated to his native Western Massachusetts Pioneer Valley area in June of 2016. He resides in South Deerfield with his wife and classical pianist, Mo Xu. DiRuzza works as a realtor with Jones Group Realtors in addition to teaching private lessons and performing jazz music locally with various ensembles.