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 under the musical direction of Michael Kocour. His compositional mentors have been Ken Schaphorst, Donny McCaslin, Ralph Alessi, and Frank Carlberg. His bass teachers include John Clayton, Dave Holland, and John Lockwood.
Andrew started performing original compositions on bass (electric and acoustic) at a young age, 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. Andrew strives to compose with a personal and 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 has 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 and ear training. Andrew also has plenty of private one-on-one music instruction. He was 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 5-17. He have also spent the last six years volunteering and mentoring at various public schools and community settings, offering ensemble coaching and group lessons.
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.