Bio

Marcus Andrews is a British pianist and chamber musician. He was born in 1977 and grew up in West Sussex where he began piano lessons aged 6 with Yvonne Dinwiddy. The recipient of a Junior Exhibition from West Sussex County Council to study at Trinity College of Music Junior Department, he continued his studies with Simon Young until completion of his Bachelor’s degree in 1999. A Master’s degree with Neal Larrabee at the University of Connecticut followed, supported by a Graduate Assistantship in accompaniment. In 2001 Marcus was invited to take part in the annual Beethoven Masterclass in Positano, Italy, given by John O’Conor under the auspices of theFondazione Culturale Wilhelm Kempff.

Marcus is winner of the TCM Trust Silver Medal, the first Jaques Samuel Pianos Trinity College of Music Prize, the TWIYCA Accompanist Prize, and The Harold Clarke Prize for Woodwind and Piano Duo and was also a prize winner in the Alfred Kitchin Chopin Competition. He has participated in the Kent Music School Summer Course for Advanced Pianists 1994-1996, winning recital prizes, and has been awarded scholarships to study with Steven Kovacevich, Bernard Roberts, Joanna MacGregor and GéNIA at Dartington International Summer School from 1997 to 2001. During his studies in the USA he was the recipient of the Evelyn Bonar Storrs scholarship, a grant from South East Music Schemes and was made a member of the National Music Honors Society Pi Kappa Lambda.

Marcus’ concerto repertoire includes Rachmaninoff, Concerto No 2 in C minor, Chopin, Concerto No 1 in E, Mozart, Jeunehomme K 271 & K 459 and Beethoven, Concertos 1, 3, 4 & 5. Recently he has performed with the St Paul’s Sinfonia, conducted by Andrew Morley and the Orchestergesellschaft Weil am Rhein, conducted by Fridolin Uhlenhut. He also works regularly with the Karrilon Trio, a flute, oboe and piano ensemble, and the Backman Trio.

Marcus’ recitals feature a wide selection of repertoire from baroque to contemporary eras, often seeking to make refreshing connections between the past and present. He has developed a presentational style that entertains and informs audiences about what they are going to hear and which lends itself to the chamber recital. The music of Beethoven and the Russian masters feature heavily in his repertoire, as well as living composers such as Michael Summers, Carl Vine and Cecilia McDowall.

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