Andrew Nix is a sophomore violinist who attends University High School. He has been playing the violin ever since age 3. During that time has also taken up several other instruments, including the viola, percussion, multiple brass instruments, and currently the Great Highland Bagpipes.
In addition to the Tucson Highlanders and the UHS Chamber Orchestra, he participates in Tucson Junior Strings Chamber 1 and Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, which he joined in 7th grade and now serves as assistant concertmaster. He also studies privately with Rose Todaro and Timothy Kantor, the professor of violin at the University of Arizona.
His achievements include winning the Senior Strings Division of the COT Young Artists' Competition and placing assistant principal in the Arizona All-State Orchestra as a freshman, as well as placing into the 1st violin section this year. He has played in masterclasses with renowned pedagogue Paul Kantor and recently with international soloist Rachel Barton Pine. During this past summer he was privileged to work with a former concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, Christoph Wyneken, at the Idyllwild Arts summer music institute.
Andrew loves orchestral music, and hopes to pursue a career as an orchestral musician. His dream is to play his checklist of favorite pieces, which now includes the Firebird Suite, Pictures at an Exhibition, Rachmaninoff Symphony 2, and Mahler Symphony 2, with a major orchestra. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to these works, and many others, in his practice room.