Andrew McIntosh, Violin & Viola
LA-based composer/violinist/violist/baroque violinist Andrew McIntosh has a unique and multifaceted career spanning solo, chamber, and early music engagements across the US and in Europe. His compositions have been featured at major venues in The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Los Angeles, and New York, including recent commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Industry opera company, the LA Percussion Quartet, and the Calder Quartet. According to Alex Ross in The New Yorker, "McIntosh's spare, rarefied sonorities, which tilt away from traditional tunings, give an air of mythic otherness."
As a solo artist he has appeared at the San Francisco Symphony's SoundBox series, Miller Theatre, Stanford University, UC San Diego, REDCAT in Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Wulf (Los Angeles), Unruly Music (Milwaukee), Hamburger Klangwerktage, Bludenzer Tage Zeitgemasse Muzik, Moments Musicaux Aarau, the Pianola Museum (Amsterdam), Tuesdays at Monk Space (LA), the Hammer Museum (LA), and KPFK Pacifica Radio. He also was the viola soloist in the US premiere of Gèrard Grisey’s Les Espaces Acoustiques, for which performance the LA Times said he “played with commanding beauty”.
As a chamber musician he is known primarily for his work with the Formalist Quartet, currently in its 11th season, and for being a member of the new music ensemble wild Up. He has also performed with artists such as Wadada Leo Smith, Quatuor Bozzini, Wet Ink Ensemble, Rohan de Saram, Marc Sabat, Jürg Frey, and Dante Boon. He has recorded on several dozen albums including releases on New World Records, Innova, Populist Records, Edition Wandelweiser, hat[now] ART, Darla Records, Care/Of Editions, and Another Timbre, and has worked personally with a wide range of composers including Christian Wolff, Sofia Gubaidulina, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Helmut Lachenmann, Tom Johnson, and Jürg Frey.
As a baroque performer McIntosh has concertized with the American Bach Soloists, Bach Collegium San Diego, Musica Angelica, LA Master Chorale, Tesserae, Musica Pacifica, reethi de Silva, and the Corona del Mar Baroque Festival. He also directs a small period instrument ensemble which focuses on 17th century French and Austrian violin repertoire.
A native of rural Northern Nevada, McIntosh is currently based in the Los Angeles area where he teaches violin, viola, and composition at the California Institute of the Arts.