Andrew Harrison (Saxophonist)
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|Alma mater||La Sierra University|
Dr. Andrew Harrison (b. 1987) is an Indian-American classical saxophonist and educator.
Dr. Harrison started his higher education at La Sierra University in Riverside, California|Riverside California in 2005. Upon entering, his major was biochemistry pre med and was working to become an opthamologist. After spending his first summer at the Ameropa Music Festival in the Czech Republic, he changed course and switched his major to music with an emphasis in saxophone performance. In January 2007, Dr. Harrison transferred to the University of Texas at Austin to study with renowned classical saxophonist Harvey Pittel. He completed a Bachelors and Masters and Saxophone Performance, and was the applied saxophone teaching assistant during his Masters degree. After completing his masters in 2012, Dr. Harrison began his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California|USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Los Angeles Philharmonic Saxophonists James Rotter and Douglas Masek. He finished his DMA in 2015.
During his DMA and after, Dr. Harrison was teaching at the Colburn School in Los Angeles along with the French Conservatory of Music in Beverly Hills. He began his performance career playing at numerous venues in Los Angeles, ranging from dive bars, libraries, and churches. He quickly developed a name for himself in the LA scene, and was soon performing with organizations like the Burbank Philharmonic, Downey Symphony, Music Academy of the West, the Pacific Symphony, and more. Currently Dr. Harrison performs all over the country as a recitalist, clinician, and concerto soloist. He is currently on faculty at Mt. San Antonio College, Cerritos College, and Sonoma State University. He as commissioned over 30 works for saxophone by composers such as Joel Love, Jules Pegram, Viet Cuong, to name a few, and has placed in numerous competitions, including the Pershing's Own|US "Pershing's Own" Collegiate Concerto Competition, the LMC Frances Walton Competition, numerous Music Teachers National Association|MTNA Competitions, and the American Prize in Music. He is currently an Eastman Winds Endorsing Artist, and exclusively players on their saxophones. He has had positive critical reviews from multiple publications including the Austin Statesman, LA Opus Magazine, The Instrumentalist Magazine, and the Beverly Hills National Auditions, where he was described as "a magician showing off hits tricks," a "spectacular performer," and has a sound that is "broad and rich."
- Einaudi Live (2021 CDBaby)
- In the City: New Works for Saxophone and Piano (2016 CDBaby)
- Classical Revolution LA 2015-16 (Compilation Album)
- Over the Rainbow and Bach Again (2010 Longhorn Music)
- Places in the West (2014 Longhorn Music)
- Shadow of Sirius (2015 Naxos)
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