in 1983, Guitarist Florian Opahle from Rosenheim, Bavaria in Germany,
is the youngest regular musician to work with us but by no means
any less talented.
His musical interests cover contemporary Rock styles as well as
Classic Rock, Blues and Jazz as well as Classical music. After
a rigid music education background (including master class instruction
from guitarists such as Al DiMeola), young Florian has worked in
a number of live acts and in studios in his native Germany.
He has toured throughout Europe with female vocalist Masha, and in 2003, he
began working with Jethro Tull front man, Ian Anderson, in his solo band and
orchestral projects. As guitarist on the "Ian Anderson Plays Orchestral
Jethro Tull" tour, he performed in Italy, Greece, France and Germany with
Anderson's band and a full orchestra. The tour has since been captured as a
home DVD release.
In the Autumnal months of 2004, Florian returned to his work as a recording
session player, contributing to the latest album by Italian artist Alessia
D`Andrea, recorded in Calabria, Italy. Shortly thereafter, he was invited to
join The Greg Lake Band for a tour in 2005.
Appearing in Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, India, Hungary,
Iceland, South America, Russia, Germany and the UK with Ian Anderson during
2005 and 2006, Florian remains a regular visitor to the touring ensemble.