A native of Southern New Hampshire, Andrew Koutroubas began studying the cello with Charlotte Hawkins of Lyndeborough, NH, at the age of 11. He quickly excelled, and performed Mozart string quartets and arranged works by J.S. Bach at festivals, places of worship and nursing homes in New Hampshire and Massachusetts with the Hawkins family quartet.
Andrew has played with the El Sistema Side by Side Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel, the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, the Peterborough Community Orchestra under Peter Szep, the Worcester Youth Collegium Orchestra under Ian Watson, the Southern New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra and the New Hampshire Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Andrew is currently pursuing an Undergraduate Performance Diploma at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. He is a student of cellist Nicholas Tzavaras of the Shanghai Quartet, and plays with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and the Longy Conservatory Orchestra. In addition, he teaches cello at the High Mowing School in Wilton, New Hampshire, and he has taught privately in the southern New Hampshire area for seven years.
Grounded in the classical tradition, Andrew has a taste for contemporary trends, and has performed and recorded with rock, folk and indie bands throughout New England. He has performed at Sanders Theater, Kresge Auditorium, and the Knafel Center, all in Cambridge, MA, and at the M. Steinert & Sons Performance Hall in Boston.
Andrew points out, “There is more variety of music now than there ever has been in the history of humankind. It is important to remember that just as with any form of art, music is not supported by human industry. Rather, human industry is supported by music.”
In the future, Andrew hopes to establish a non-profit community music school inspired by El Sistema programs. He’s got his eye on Wilton, New Hampshire, a town surrounded by artistically under-served communities, and he’d like to create the school in conjunction with a professional chamber music society of artists-in-residence.
Andrew enjoys listening to great music, whether it be classical or contemporary, spending time with family and close friends, playing the cello, teaching cello lessons, studying/researching music, cooking dinner, and playing poker.