Andrew van der Paardt started his studies on the oboe at the age of eleven under Rachel Aldrich. He has played with various ensembles such as the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, the New England Repertory Orchestra, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, the Boston Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fresno Grand Opera. He has also served as a featured guest soloist with the Fresno Community Band as a result of being the grand prize winner of their scholarship competition. Andrew attended the California State University of Long Beach in the fall of 2011 on full scholarship, where he studied with retired principal oboist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic David Weiss and was a part of the university’s Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and the University Wind Quintet. In the spring of 2012, he traveled to New York City on tour with the university’s Wind Symphony, where they performed in Carnegie Hall as a featured ensemble. In the spring of 2013, he was featured as an English horn soloist with the University’s Wind Symphony. In the fall of 2013, Andrew transferred to The Boston Conservatory to finish his Bachelor’s degree, where he currently studies with Robert Sheena. He acts as a member of various ensembles at the conservatory including the wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, various chamber ensembles, musical pit orchestras, and others. In the fall of 2014, he was a finalist in The Boston Conservatory’s Instrumental Concerto Competition. Andrew served as an assistant oboe coach for the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program during the summers of 2013 and 2014. He actively sells reeds to students in the Los Angeles area and has taught privately since the summer of 2012.
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