Born in Sydney, Andrew began playing the violin at the age of four and the clarinet at age eight. The clarinet became his true love throughout high school and culminated in tertiary study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Andrew gained a Bachelor of Music (Performance) in 2002, and has conducted further study with prominent clarinettists in Milan and London.
Andrew is the Principal Clarinettist of The Metropolitan Orchestra, and has enjoyed many solo opportunities featuring the clarinet, including performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto to a sold out City Recital Hall, Sydney, 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 for the Sydney Philharmonia, and is a full-time clarinet soloist and 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. This research has led to an invitation to present a paper about early clarinet style at the 2013 Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference.