Born in London in 1997, British violinist Andrew Samarasekara began his violin studies aged 5. In 2007, he began learning privately with Lutsia Ibragimova. 6 years later he joined the Yehudi Menuhin School where he continued his studies with Prof. Ibragimova.
Andrew has appeared in masterclasses with Aaron Rosand, Shlomo Mintz, Lukas Hagen, Roman Simovic, Pierre Amoyal, Rainer Schmidt and Hagai Shaham. He has recently participated in music festivals such as Crans Montana, IMC Sardinia, Beaumaris International Festival, Garda Lake Academy, Menuhin Gstaad, Summit Music and Aldeburgh Young Musicians. Andrew is a former laurate at the Eastbourne Young Soloist, Summit Festival ‘Mary Smart’ Competition and the RCM ‘Hugh Bean’ and ‘Margery Humby’ competitions.
An avid solo and chamber musician keen on both classical and modern music, Andrew performed across England, Germany, Spain, USA and France at prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Schloss Nymphenburg, MIT Killian Hall, Menuhin Hall and the Barbican Centre. He has collaborated with some of the world’s leading musicians and composers, including Tod Machover, Doric Quartet, Emerson Quartet, Alina Ibragimova, Samuel West and Roman Simovic. Andrew currently performs on an est.1830 J.B. Vuillaume generously on loan to him by the Benslow Trust and Mary Gelhorn.