Andy and his wife (see Liz's profile on this site) offer clarinet and saxophone lessons from the comfort of their home, Vivace Cottage in Georgetown Newcastle.
Beginner to post graduate/professional level.
The opportunity to learn with Andy Firth truly is the opportunity to learn from one of the finest woodwind soloists and educators in the world today. Andy's resume is replete with extraordinary quotes, glowing recommendations, honours, experience and performances with and from some of the biggest names in the Australian and world music industry. Andy Firth is a legend in the world of clarinet and jazz music both in Australia and overseas.
As you read on you will find that these claims are completely warranted and accurate-he truly is a master performer, composer, arranger and educator!
Andy Firth is also the Australian artist for Buffet Crampon, Keilwerth Saxophones, D'Addario (formerly Rico) Reeds and LomaxClassic Mouthpieces.
Andy has over 35 years experience as a performer and educator having performed and taught both in colleges, schools and at music conferences both in Australia and overseas.
Andy Firth is one of the very few Australian artists ever to have performed a concert under their own name at the famed CARNEGIE HALL, New York and is considered by many to be one of the finest clarinetists and saxophonists in the world today.
Andy Firth also specialises in producing books and products for woodwind education via his popular website andyfirthmusic.com and is the author of one of the most popular clarinet & saxophone books on the market today, "Play Clarinet with Andy Firth" and "Play Saxophone with Andy Firth" published throughout the world by Boosey & Hawkes Publishing.London/Hal Leonard Publishing.
Andy Firth is an expert woodwind teacher having taught in some of the finest Private Schools and universities in Australia: Sydney Grammar School, PLC Sydney, St Pius X Chatswood, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, Annesley College Adelaide, Brisbane State High School to name but a few.
Andy has also performed and conducted saxophone and clarinet master classes at Florida State University, UCLA and has appeared as guest performer and tutor at four US National Clarinet Conferences, ten Australian Clarinet & Saxophone Conferences and three International Clarinet Conferences.
Andy Firth was also the principal soloist for over ten years for the Australian Maestro and music legend, Maestro Tommy Tycho and continues to perform as a soloist with Big Bands, Symphony Orchestras and small jazz ensembles both here and overseas.
Andy and his wife Liz, also an internationally experienced and trained clarinetist and teacher, offer clarinet and saxophone lessons from beginner to post graduate/professional level.
Andy Firth has worked with the biggest names in music both here in Australia and overseas, some of which include:
B.B. King, Buddy DeFranco, Ingrid Jensen, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Lee Konitz, Steve Haughton, Tommy Banks, Steve Harlos, James Moody, Bud Shank, Don Lusher, Kenny Ball Jazz Band, Acker Bilk, Dutch College Swing Band, North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, Gary Motley, Paul Keller, Pete Seirs, Jay Hungerford, Ken Kehner, Joe Buerger.
Australian Artists include Maestro Tommy Tycho, Anthony Warlow, Marina Prior, Tommy Emmanuel, Don Burrows, James Morrison, George Golla, Ian Date, James Muller, Bob Barnard, John Morrison, Galapagos Duck, Jackie Love, Rob Guest, Julie Anthony, Kevin Hunt, Daryl Somers, Sarah McKenzie, Graeme Bell, Tom Baker, Ed Wilson, Vince Jones, Jonathan Wade, Emma Pask, Peter Hooper, James Clark, The Society Syncopators, Rob Guest, Mike Nelson, John Foreman, Fiona Burnett and the late great Ricky May and Bobby Limb.
Andy Firth is considered by some of the finest clarinet and saxophone performers both here and overseas to be one of the finest performers and woodwind educators today. Their comments speak for themselves:
“Andy Firth is the first clarinetist in 30 years or so, since Eddie Daniels, that I have really paid attention to…what he can do on the clarinet, I consider to be impossible! He’s a phenomenon!”
Buddy DeFranco – US jazz clarinet legend. Carnegie Hall 2008
“A genius of the clarinet!”
Maestro Tommy Tycho AM (Australian Music Maestro)
“One of the most amazing clarinettists since Benny Goodman and one of the most gifted of all clarinettists.”
John Denman Clarinet Virtuoso
“Andy Firth is the best! In the years since I first met him he has turned into a frightening clarinettist and, I might add, an excellent arranger…”
George Golla Guitarist Composer & Arranger
“Andy Firth is a joy to hear. He is a virtuoso that goes beyond virtuosity. The joy and enthusiasm in his playing and teaching reminds us all of why art exists, and why as musicians, we wanted to play music in the first place.”
Victor Morosco US Reeds Master and Composer
“Andy Firth is perhaps the finest clarinet player that I have heard…”
Kenny Ball British Jazz Icon
“Andy sent me a cassette of his playing as a lad in Port Augusta. He amazed me then and what he is achieving now I can’t find words for!”
Don Burrows -Australian Jazz Icon
“I have never heard anything like this guy; he is a one in a million! His musicality and playing is totally unique! Andy Firth is, in my opinion, one of our greatest artists and musicians like him pass this way but once. I am thrilled to have met and heard him perform!”
Vincent J. Abato.
Revered US reeds virtuoso & teacher August 2006
“Once in a blue moon comes along an artist whose talent, musicianship and expertise is awesome. Such a man is Andy Firth, whose reputation as a brilliant performer and educator is Australia wide and acknowledged internationally as well.”
Maestro Tommy Tycho D.Mus, AM, MBE
Andy Firth is the director for The Andy Firth Big Band, Nova Swing Jazz Band and he is arranger and musical director for the Australian singing sensation, Mitch Capone. Andy was a "first call" reed player, studio musician and arranger for Song Zu and Fox Studios (Sydney) for over 20 years and can be heard as a featured soloist on the Baz Luhrmann film "AUSTRALIA" and many other television shows and commercials.
Andy Firth's career highlights are vast but include the following honours:
Featured concert under his own name at Carnegie Hall with his guest artist Jazz legend, Buddy DeFranco (2008. New York)
Featured guest soloist at the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival (Montana USA. 2007)
Soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto.
Soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Soloist with the Diana Krall/Tommy Banks Big Band, (CanadaFest)
Soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (Seigmiester Clarinet Concerto)
Soloist with the Sydney Concert Orchestra (Mozart Clarinet Concerto)
Soloist with the Pacific Wind Ensemble (Canada)
Soloist with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra with Tommy Tycho and Anthony Warlow.
Was personally requested and gave a clarinet lesson to US jazz legend, James Moody whilst James was on tour in Australia.
Soloist with the Queensland Australian Symphony Orchestra with Tommy Tycho and Anthony Warlow.
Soloist with the Tommy Tycho Orchestra for over ten years.
Guest performer and master class presenter at numerous international, Australian and US clarinet and saxophone conferences.
Guest performer and master class presenter for Buffet Crampon for over 20 years.
Guest performer and master class presenter for Keilwerth Saxophones for over 20 years.
Guest performer and master class presenter for Rico Reeds/D'Addario for over 20 years.
Andy Firth also offers recording opportunities to his students and is well versed in using notation and recording software platforms having conducted master classes in the use of "Finale" music notation software.
Andy also offers webcam lessons to students both in Australia and overseas. Contact him at info@andyfirthmusic for more information or to book in a lesson with him.