Andrew Martin

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Flute

Location: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Andrew had an interest in music from a young age and is a passionate and enthusiastic young musician with an energetic and creative performance manner. He was the winner of the Arun Musician of the Year in 2012 and won the Aaron Hanan Prize in the same year. Andrew began his undergraduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2014 and currently studies flute with Sarah Newbold, Jonathan Burgess and Matthew Featherstone and piccolo with Andrew Lane. Alongside his studies he has also participated in masterclasses with Andrea Lieberknecht, Michael Cox, Paul Edmund-Davies and Wissam Boustany amongst others.

As an accomplished soloist, Andrew has been sought out to play with a variety of different ensembles including the West Sussex County Youth Orchestra, Dinas Powys Orchestra and Myriad Ensemble and has given solo recitals as part of the Bosham Recital Series and Madhurst Festival. He is commended for his great ability to engage with audiences and very innate sense of musicality and stage presence. He recently gave the premier performance of a new flute concerto written for him as part of the Atmospheres festival in Cardiff.

As an orchestral musician Andrew has played as part of the Royal Welsh College’s Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Opera Orchestra and REPCo Ensembles and successfully auditioned for a placement scheme with Welsh National Opera. He has performed in venues including Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Cadogan Hall and has been a regular freelance player throughout the UK alongside his studies.

Andrew believes strongly in the importance of outreach work and taking music to new audiences, and has led several workshops in schools with a full sized symphony orchestra that he formed and managed himself. He has also recently performed with the Insight Ensemble, a multi-art form group which takes classical music to new audiences. Andrew also has a keen interest in chamber music, playing regularly with the award winning wind quintet; ‘Weston Winds’ and loves finding new repertoire for different groups of instruments.

From September 2018 Andrew will be continuing his training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying towards the MMus Orchestral Artistry course ran there in association with the London Symphony Orchestra. He is generously supported by Help Musicians UK and the Split Infinitive Trust.