teacher, and violinist from Glasgow, Scotland, who began playing the violin
when he was only seven years old and was among the first to attend the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music. He furthered his studies in
Switzerland and the former Soviet Union under the tutelage of Frederick Grinke, Franco Gulli, Yfrah Neaman, and Joseph
Szigeti. One of his first
public concerts took place on 7th May 1977, with the York
Symphony Orchestra, which featured him as the soloist on Jean Sibelius’s
“Violin Concerto in D minor”.
he formed The Endellion Quartet, along with
Garfield Jackson, Ralph de Souza, and David Waterman. One of their earliest offerings was
a comprehensive recording of Benjamin Britten’s chamber music for
strings, which garnered them Chamber Music Recording of the Year from The
Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.
They went on to record several of Franz Joseph Haydn’s string
quartets for Naxos in the late ‘80s. In 1992, they were named the Quartet
in Residence at Cambridge University.
was also the director and leader of the City of London Sinfonia
and toured Australia in 1993.
Their contributions to the classical recording repertoire are
legion, but during Andrew’s tenure included: Grainger
Edition, Vol. 3: Works for
Chorus & Orchestra; Holst: Double Concerto; Holst:
St. Paul’s Suite, Etc.; Mozart – Divertimenti & Serenades; Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Mozart: The Horn Concertos; Vanhal:
Symphonies, Vol. 2; Vivaldi: Cello Concerto, Vol. 1; Vivaldi: La Stavaganza,
Vol. 1; and, Vivaldi: La Stravaganza,
leadership does not stop with The Endellion
Quartet and The City of London Sinfonia: Other orchestras which he has
conducted, directed, or led include The Academy of St. Martin in the
Fields, The Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, The English Chamber
Orchestra, The London Mozart Players, The London Sinfonietta,
Orquestra de Cambra Illa de Menorca, and The Yorkshire Late Starters Strings.
late ‘90s, the Endellion Quartet was named
Best Chamber Ensemble by the Royal Philharmonic Society. In 2001, the Royal Northern College
of Music made them an Associate Quartet; In 2004, they enjoyed similar honours from The Venue in Leeds, England. Their recording continued in 2005
with Dvorak/Smetana/Martinu – String Works. In 2008, they had the honour of accompanying the third round of semifinalists
at The Hong Kong International Piano Competition. They celebrated their 30th
anniversary by releasing a comprehensive recording of Beethoven’s
string quartets on the Warner Classics label. Fittingly, they also saw some
on-screen time in the documentary, In
Search of Beethoven, and embarked on an international tour.
is the President of the Welwyn Garden City
Orchestra & Chorus and a silver sponsor of the Prince George &
District Music Festival.