B.Mus (Perf), Dip.Bus (Mgmt)
Born in Sydney, Australia, Andrew began playing the violin at the age of 4 and the clarinet at age 8. The clarinet became his true love throughout high school and culminated in tertiary study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Following completion of his Bachelor of Music (Performance) in 2002, Andrew taught at several high profile schools around Sydney and continued to play as a freelance clarinettist with many bands, orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Australia. He conducted further study with prominent clarinettists in Milan and London and has almost completed a Masters Degree (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music specialising in period clarinets.
Andrew has been principal clarinettist of The Metropolitan Orchestra since its inception, and has enjoyed many solo opportunities featuring the clarinet, including performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (to a sold out City Recital Hall, Angel Place), Mozart Clarinet Quintet, Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 and Rolla’s Bassett Horn Concerto.
In addition to his position with TMO, Andrew has performed with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, is a casual clarinettist/bass clarinettist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, principal bass clarinet with Sydney Philharmonia and is a full-time clarinet soloist with the Royal Australian Navy Band. The highlight of his position with the RAN Band was the CD recording and release of Black Dog Rhapsody for Clarinet. He has performed as principal clarinet and featured soloist with many bands and orchestras throughout Australia and continues regular chamber music performances.
The study of historical clarinets for his Masters Degree has led Andrew to travel to Europe for study and inspiration, and he is constantly researching 18th century performance techniques, especially those related to wind instruments and the clarinet. Meeting other talented musicians in the course of his studies, Andrew has performed several chamber music, opera and orchestral recitals with them, with this ultimately leading to the formation of Classicum Australis in 2012.
These details were last updated on July 14, 2015