Andrej Grozdanov was born in Rijeka, a port town on the Adriatic coast, Republic of Croatia. In his early days he showed interest for music. For three years he took private piano lessons. In his teenage years he "discovered" the guitar. He was delighted with the guitar sound, especially with the electric guitar sound. After some years of playing, in his twenties, he passed an audition at one of the best schools for modern music "Guitar Institute of Technology GIT, Musicians Institute (MI)" which was at that time located in London, UK. Andrej graduated with the "Platinum diploma". The GIT not only produced many good players (Jennifer Batten, Keb' Mo, Red Hot Chilli Peppers…), but it offered Andrej a privilege to study with the best teachers. His mentor was Pete Langman, an eccentric English guitar virtuoso (for a long time the Guitar Player columnist), while his other great guitar teachers were: John Abercrombie, Frank Gambale, Michael Angelo, Hugh Burns, Pierre Bensusan, and Eric Roche, who left this life and great acoustic guitar player scene too early. (I have very fond memories of him. We had a great time together, and a really respective student-teacher relationship. In our last conversation he was really optimistic about life and career, although he had illness that soon took him away. My respect to his family. A.G.)
Besides learning from guitar players, Andrej had a great honor to have rhythm lessons (which are important for rhythmic guitar playing) with Bernard Purdie and Thomas Lang, great drummers. After Andrej had returned to Croatia, in the year 2003, he received a Master's degree in Theology and Philosophy at one of the top universities in the country. Currently, he is an active musician abroad, as well as in Croatia.
Andrej Grozdanov is married to Rahela. Together they have two children, Hana-Lena and Vito.