Andrew Schiller is currently residing in Brooklyn, NY after finishing a master’s degree in jazz bass performance at the New England Conservatory. A native of Phoenix, he graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in jazz studies. A list of his past teachers includes Ken Schaphorst, Donny McCaslin, Ralph Alessi, Frank Carlberg, Dave Holland, and Michael Kocour.
Andrew started performing on bass shortly before picking up guitar and piano, forming a rock band with friends from his junior high. Since then, he’s worked as both a bandleader and sideman in various musical styles, with the bulk of his concentration on jazz and classical. He strives to perform and compose with a personal, sincere voice while attempting to create something contemporary and original. He enjoys many types of music, often blending different genres and collaborating with a variety of musicians.
Andrew has a passion for music education in addition to performance. He spent summers running music clinics at festivals abroad and leading classes and ensembles at the ASU Latin Jazz workshop. He spent a year as a graduate TA at the New England Conservatory for a class that taught harmony, ear training, and composition. Andrew also has plenty of private one-on-one music instruction, working as the interim jazz bass teacher at Arizona State University for a year teaching students at an advanced level while maintaining a private studio of mostly younger students, ages 4-17.
In 2012, he was recognized in Downbeat Magazine for his work as a soloist and in January 2013, he was awarded the opportunity to perform original compositions at the Panama Jazz Festival with an NEC ensemble. Most recently, Andrew was awarded the ASCAP Young Composers Grant in February 2014.