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"a magician showing off his tricks!"

Austin American Statesman

 

About Andrew

Acclaimed for his unique approach, virtuosic performances, and as a champion for both new and forgotten works, Indian-American Saxophonist Andrew Harrison has captured the hearts of audiences across the globe, while introducing the world to important voices, and showcasing the beauty and brilliance of the saxophone. Described as a “magician showing off his tricks" (Austin American Statesman), Andrew uses his fresh approach to the instrument to create a new environment for classical music, to reflect our lived experience and mixed culture, blending the known and the not yet explored. He has commissioned and premiered works by a diverse group of emerging and celebrated composers, including Jules Pegram, Giovanni Santos, Viet Cuong, Nina Shekhar, and Derrick Skye, among numerous others. 


Andrew’s playing, which has been described as "spectacular" (LA Opus) with a sound that is "broad and rich" (The Instrumentalist), has garnered him numerous awards in prestigious competitions, including the U.S. “Pershing’s Own” Collegiate Concerto Competition, the LMC Frances Walton Competition, and most recently the American Prize in Music. He has been featured with several symphonic groups, including the Downey Symphony Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Orchestra, Cal Poly Pomona and La Sierra University Wind Ensembles, and the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble.


Andrew is passionate about mentoring the next generation of artists to find their unique perspectives and to craft a professional journey that is singular and meaningful. Currently he serves on the faculties of Sonoma State University, Mt. San Antonio College, and Cerritos College, and previously served at the French Conservatory of Music and the Colburn School. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and a Masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, and his teachers have included legendary saxophonist Harvey Pittel, and LA Philharmonic Saxophonists Jim Rotter and Douglas Masek. For more information, visit his website at www.andrewsharrison.com

 

Recent Testimonials & Reviews

"...an elegant performer with a superb sense of the musical line, virtuosic technique and a wonderful ability to move the listener by making music!"

Harvey Pittel
Legendary Concert Saxophonist

"a spectacular performer"

David Brown
LA Opus Magazine

"a magician showing off his tricks!"

Austin American Statesman

 

"a sound that is broad and rich"

The Instrumentalist Magazine

"a virtuoso saxophonist"

Beverly Hills National Auditions

"Each time I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Harrison, I have found his artistry, and dedication the his craft to be inspiring!"

Dr. Gregory Whitmore
Director - Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble

 

"Your performance of Japanese Folk Songs by contemporary Japanese composer Ryota Ishikawa, was nothing short of amazing. It truly is a virtuoso piece for both saxophone and piano. The various moods of the piece from calm gentle suavity to the excited flourishes at the end, showed off the flexibility of the saxophone, as well as its master."

Darlene Vlasek, Musicale Moments

"A HUGE thank you and BRAVO to Dr. Andrew Harrison for his magnificent performances of the Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by Claude Smith. Hi is an incredible musician!"

Dr. Andy Collinsworth, Director of Bands @ Sonoma State University

"Andrew Harrison and Jason Lo gave an outstanding performance, showcasing their tremendous talents at their first Live at the Museum concert for Laguna Beach Live! They were rewarded with a standing ovation from an engaged and delighted audience. We look forward to their return!"

Ava Burton, Presenter
Laguna Beach Live!

 

News

Andrew Harrison joins the faculty at Sonoma State University

Dr. Harrison has joined the faculty at Sonoma State University starting in August 2021.

 
 
 

Discography

 

Einaudi Live

Recorded live during the Covid 19 pandemic, this album features the music of Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi.

Andrew Harrison, Alto Saxophone

Jason Lo, Piano

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