From his first rehearsal at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp in 2016, Andrew was assured that music would always be a vital part of his life. In 2017, Andrew moved from Perth to Adelaide to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Under the tutelage of Keith Crellin OAM, Andrew has been a recipient of the Varley Scholarship two years in a row, and has held the position of Principal Viola for both the Elder Conservatorium Chamber and Symphony Orchestras for several years. He has participated in many Australian Youth Orchestra programs and has enjoyed exploring a variety of musical genres, including orchestral music, chamber music, musicals and opera.
A highlight of Andrew’s undergraduate years was his debut with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra directed by Elizabeth Layton, playing the Telemann Viola Concerto in G Major for multiple concerts. Appearing in the Elder Conservatorium’s Top of the Class concert, Andrew performed as a member of the Lark Quartet.
In addition to playing viola, Andrew has been playing the piano since the age of five, has completed his AMEB Grade 8 in Pianoforte and has won prizes in various eisteddfods.
Andrew is currently in his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), training with Caroline Henbest, and is enjoying the excitement of being surrounded by so many like-minded people. After completing his training, Andrew aspires to hold a full-time position in either a leading state orchestra in Australia or overseas.
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