Andrew Briggs, Cello
Cellist Andrew Briggs performs on an international scale, giving recitals in his native Colorado to concerts in Italy and the UK. His travels have taken him to a growing list of prestigious music festivals, including the International Holland Music Sessions (NL), the Abbey Fontfroide Masterclasses (FR), and as a Fellow of the Aspen Music Festival (US). Recently moving to Madison from New York City, Andrew has performed in venues such as Alice Tully Hall (NY), the Guggenheim Museum, and Macky Auditorium (CO).
Andrew’s 2016-2017 season includes both solo and chamber engagements. Recent recitals include solo programs at the Remonstranse Kerke in Alkmaar, Netherlands; the Abbey Fontfroide in Narbonne, France; Morphy Hall at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and on the Sunday Recital Series at West Middleton Lutheran Church in Wisconsin. In March, he will perform works by Dvorak with the Middleton Community Orchestra (WI).
A dedicated performer of all eras of music, Andrew plays music from Baroque to contemporary, Studying Baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai at the Juilliard School, Andrew most recently performed with the Madison Bach Musicians and as a continuo cellist for UW Madison’s opera production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Andrew also enjoys playing music of contemporary composers, playing with the New Muse Ensemble and Domaine Musicale of Madison, Wisconsin. At Juilliard, he performed chamber music works of contemporary composers in the FOCUS! Contemporary Music Festival, ChamberFest, and with Axiom Ensemble.
Past season highlights include performances with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra as a principal cellist, Carnegie Hall concerts with the New York String Orchestra Seminar, chamber music performances with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra principal cellist Gregor Horsch, and as solo cellist for UW Madison’s production of Britten’s opera Albert Herring. This past summer, Andrew performed in the cello sections of the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Music Festival Orchestras.
Andrew balances his performance career with teaching. As an educator, Andrew was involved with the Juilliard School’s Educational Outreach Department: performing outreach concerts as a Gluck Community Service Fellow, and teaching at the Harlem School for the Arts as an Arts Enrichment Fellow. He also taught in the classroom at Juilliard as an Ear Training Teaching Fellow while being a mentor for the Juilliard Pre-College String Ensemble. In 2016, he joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as instructor of cello and music business, and performs with the Elmwood String Trio as Artist in Residence.
Andrew graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, completing his undergraduate degree in cello performance as the College of Music’s Outstanding Graduate. Studying with Professor Judith Glyde, he won the Honors Competition, leading to performances of the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the CU Symphony and the Longmont Symphony. He attended The Juilliard School as a Master of Music degree student of Richard Aaron, and studying chamber music with members of the Juilliard Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Andrew is now a University Fellow and Hunt Quartet project assistant at the University of Wisconsin Madison, completing his Doctoral studies as a student of Uri Vardi. His final project will focus on Piatti’s 12 Caprices, developing body-integrative exercises to incorporate in the study of these virtuosic pieces.