started out on oboe and piano until gravitating toward percussion at the
Royal College of Music.
In 1968, he
became a member of the Welsh National Opera orchestra under the baton of
James Levine. He took up
timpanist duties with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1969. In 1972, he joined the Philharmonia Orchestra of London.
CDs on which
he appears include the Philharmonia’s
realizations of The Big Country
and Lawrence of Arabia soundtracks,
Les Miserables: The Complete Symphonic Recording,
and Virtuoso Trumpet Concertos
with The Wallace Collection.
April 2003, Andras Schiff conducted the Philharmonia in a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s
“Coriolan Overture” and “Piano
Concerto No. 3 in C minor”, and Franz Schubert’s “Symphony
No. 4 in C minor” (“Tragic”).
Dohnanyi was at the helm for the Philharmonia’s concert at Royal Festival Hall on
5th May 2005. The
program comprised Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3 in E flat major”
(“Eroica”), Jean Sibelius’s “The
Swan of Tuonela”, and Richard Strauss’s
“Four Last Songs”, with soprano Soile
In 2006, the Philharmonia interpreted Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony
No. 2, Op. 27”, Sibelius’s “Tapiola,
Op. 112”, and Erkki-Sven Tuur’s “Concerto for Violin and Clarinet”,
with soloists Michael Collins and Isabelle van Keulen.
at Southbank Centre on 25th January 2009 in a triple-header of Edvard Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A minor,
Op. 16”, with Benjamin Grosvenor at the keys, Modest Mussorgsky’s
Pictures at an Exhibition, and
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and
Juliet – Fantasy Overture”.
May 2009, they performed Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A, Op.
92”, Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.
26”, with soloist Sarah Chang, and Grieg’s “Peer Gynt –
Suite No. 1, Op. 46”, which culminates with “In the Hall of the
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted them at the Kultur
Kongresszentrum Luzern on 24th August
2009. The concert consisted of
Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 6” (“Tragic”), Kaija Saariaho’s “Lumiere et Pesanteur”,
and Anton Webern’s “Im Sommerwind”.
May 2011, Lorin Maazel
conducted the orchestra as they presented “Symphony No. 7” of
the Mahler cycle.
In the field of music
education, Andrew has taught and lectured at the Royal College of Music and
given master classes throughout the world.