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 and this culminated in tertiary study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Andrew has a Bachelor of Music (Performance), has conducted further study with prominent clarinettists in Milan and London, and is in the final stages of a Masters degree at the Sydney Conservatorium specialising in Historically Informed Performance.
Andrew has been Principal Clarinettist of The Metropolitan Orchestra since its inception, and has enjoyed many solo opportunities featuring the clarinet, most notably the 2016 ABC Classic FM broadcast of Elena Kats-Chernin’s Ornamental Air for basset clarinet and orchestra, and sold out performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Quintet, Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 and Rolla’s Basset Horn Concerto. Recent reviews have described Andrew’s playing including “fabulous performance” (ABC Classic FM), having a “beautiful chamber music sound quality” (Sydney Arts Guide) and “seamless and eloquent” (Sydney Arts Guide) orchestral solos.
In addition to his position with TMO, Andrew is a Backun Clarinet Artist, has performed with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, is a casual clarinettist/bass clarinettist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, principal bass clarinet/basset horn for Sydney Philharmonia, and is the clarinet section leader of 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.
Andrew is constantly researching 18th century performance techniques, especially those related to wind instruments and the clarinet, and regularly performs chamber music on historical instruments with Classicum Australis. He was awarded a 2016 Churchill Fellowship to travel to England to learn how to make period clarinets.