Andrew Ardizzoia (b. 1979) is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where he began his studies in music at an early age. His catalog of orchestral, band, choral, chamber, and solo vocal works have been performed on four continents by a wide variety of soloists and ensembles. His music, described as “exuberant, rhythmic, and great fun”, as well as “smart, intriguing, and masterful”, has earned numerous awards and commissions including the Presser Foundation Award, a Zoni nomination (Arizona’s top theatre award), as well as grants from Arizona State University, the University of Hartford, and the Alvin Edgar Fund at Iowa State University. In 2012 he received the Diemente award from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford.
Andrew’s works have been performed at Arizona State University, The Ohio State University, Iowa State University, the University of Oregon, both Idyllwild and Interlochen, and at many other colleges, festivals, and museums. Recitals dedicated to his works have taken place in California and Arizona, and his music has been part of art installations, dance programs, and theatrical productions around the Pacific Rim.
Recent performances have included the premiere of Andrew’s Symphony for Wind Ensemble, performed by the Hartt Wind Ensemble under Glen Adsit, as well his Stonewall Magnificats for eight percussionists. Andrew’s Etudes and Fugues for solo marimba have been performed by percussionist Matthew Coley in Lucerne, Stuttgart, and on Matthew’s recent concert tour of Northern California. Other solo and chamber performances include the premiere of Ritmos Colorados for percussion ensemble, and repeat performances of his Sonata Conciso for trombone and piano.
Andrew’s works have also been heard at major conferences around the world, including the World Saxophone Congress, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the International Horn Society and the International Summer Arts Institute. During the summer of 2015, Andrew served as composer-in-residence at the Heartland Marimba Festival and Academy. Recent works may be heard on recordings released by the International Arts Educators Forum and the Percussion Ensemble at Fort Lewis College.
Upcoming projects include new works for two Italian chamber groups: Trio Najma, and Quintetto Pentarmonico. In February, 2016 the Iowa State University Wind Ensemble will premiere Andrew’s “Quod erat demonstrandum…” at the CBDNA North Central division conference.
Andrew earned the D.M.A in composition with a cognate in music theory from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. He also holds the M.M. in composition from Arizona State University, and the B.M. in composition from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific. His primary teachers have included Stephen Michael Gryc, Robert Carl, Rodney Rogers, James DeMars, Robert Coburn, and Francois Rose. He has participated in masterclasses with composers Christopher Theofanidis, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Torke, and Jonathan Newman, as well as with conductor Karla Lemon at the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax. He also studied conducting with Henrik Jul Hansen and Eric Hammer. Andrew regularly leads clinics and performances of his music with ensembles of all ages.
Andrew currently serves as the full-time instructor of music at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT, where he teaches courses in theory, composition, and history, in addition to leading the concert band and choir. He has previously taught at the Hartt School, Arizona State University, and Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. He is a member of BMI, the College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda. His percussion music is published by Heartland Marimba Publications.
Andrew lives in Hartford with his partner, Rico Reyes, and a rescued Chihuahua/terrier mix named Joey, who is a very good boy (mostly).