As a child aspiring to be like blue donned David from the Hooley Dooleys, Andrew Fong had dreams of learning the saxophone. However, this goal was postponed when he was made to learn clarinet before commencing any lessons in saxophone.
Growing up in Townsville, North Queensland Andrew started lessons with Paul Dean in 2008 by travelling to Brisbane four times a year. Since then he has been active as a soloist as well as a chamber and orchestral musician; performing as a concerto soloist with Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra in 2015, the Eden wind quintet from 2014-2016, and as principal clarinet in the Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra in 2016. In 2017 he commences his first year studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Andrew has a passion for minimalism, klezmer, jazz and postmodern music that combines the aforementioned styles; ranging from the jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy to Golijov’s Clarinet quintet: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind.
When away from the clarinet Andrew enjoys risking his life longboarding as well as being the primary test subject of his culinary experiments. In the future Andrew hopes to study overseas and form a professional career back in Australia specialising as a chamber musician. To this day his favourite colour is still blue.
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