A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Andrew Giordano began playing the violin at the age of five. He is currently a violinist and founding member of the award-winning Altius Quartet. As a member of the quartet, Andrew has won awards and toured internationally in Europe, Asia, and Australia. In 2017, the Altius Quartet released two albums on the Parma Records label: “Dress Code” (a crossover album) and “Shostakovich String Quartets Nos 7,8, and 9”. In summer of 2018, the quartet will be releasing its third album, which will consist of eight newly-recorded contemporary compositions.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Indiana University where he studied with Kathleen Winkler, Federico Agostini, and Koichiro Harada. After graduating from Indiana, he went on to complete his Master of Music degree at SMU under the tutelage of Emanuel Borok. From 2014-2017, Andrew and the Altius Quartet were the Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at University of Colorado – Boulder and were mentored by the Takács Quartet. While at CU – Boulder Andrew also studied privately with Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes of the Takács Quartet.
Andrew has performed as soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician at many respected music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and Colorado Music Festival.
In addition to performing, Andrew is a passionate teacher. Now in his fifteenth year of teaching, Andrew has taken several graduate-level pedagogy seminars and Suzuki Method teaching courses. Andrew teaches violin and viola in many venues throughout the Boulder/Denver area, and also teaches for Boulder MUSE, an organization dedicated to providing group lessons for young musicians who cannot afford to pay for private lessons. Additionally, he teaches master classes with the Altius Quartet throughout the United States.
Andrew plays on a 1928 Gaetano Gadda violin, and a bow made by David Samuels.
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