Composer Biographies -

Richard Andrews

Richard Andrews grew up in New York City. He is a contemporary of pianist Russell Sherman. (Sherman is the elder. They knew each other as teenagers when Sherman, considered a prodigy, gave Andrews piano lessons.) He is also a contemporary of jazz pianist Cecil Taylor. He moved from New England Conservatory to Julliard where he was a student of Vincent Persichetti, and where he received a B.S. in composition. Later Andrews received a M.M. in composition from the Philadelphia Conservatory, also under the instruction of Persichetti. Richard Andrews has always been heavily influenced by jazz. His work is tightly constructed, characterized by strong rhythms, often with highly lyrical, emotive thematic material, that could almost, but not quite, be considered neo-romantic.

Publications by Richard Andrews