Andrew Shulman, principal cello with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 2008 and professor of cello at the University of Southern California, was the first British winner of the Piatigorsky Artist Award. He was also awarded an Honorary RCM by HRH The Queen Mother.
Shulman’s career as cellist and conductor has taken him all over the world. As soloist, he has performed the major cello concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; City of Birmingham, BBC Scottish, Utah, Pasadena and Singapore symphonies; and the Los Angeles and Royal Liverpool philharmonics. He has given solo recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Royal Palace in Stockholm and Buckingham Palace, London, and performed Strauss’s tone poem Don Quixote at the Royal Festival Hall, London, with Sir Simon Rattle, and at the Hollywood Bowl with Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Los Angeles Times declares that Andrew’s playing is “always eloquent and passionate,” The Times of London praises him for “fastidious poetry of phrase and technique,” and the Salt Lake Tribune writes, “Shulman’s interpretation was of the highest caliber in terms of articulation and delivery…[he] gave a fabulously nuanced and impassioned performance.”
As conductor, Andrew has performed extensively in the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. LA Opening Nights described his 2012 US conducting debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as “a stunning performance.” Andrew has also directed the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the London Chamber Orchestra from the solo cello chair and conducted successful new productions of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Così fan tutte at the Theater Royal, England.
Andrew also composes. He recently premiered his Smaller Music for Strings in the UK and has collaborated with legendary German rock/classical guitarist Uli Jon Roth. An exciting collaboration with pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane culminated in several performances of Beethoven’s complete works for piano and cello.
His solo and chamber recordings span some 35 CDs, many with the Britten String Quartet, as well as Vivaldi concertos for Virgin, and Janáček and Delius for EMI and Continuum. He was an EMI exclusive artist from 1989 – 1996. Many of his recordings have recently been re-issued and are available on iTunes.
Born into a family of professional musicians – his father played contrabass and his mother was an opera singer – Andrew studied cello and composition at the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music in London, where he won all the major cello prizes. He has served as principal cello of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the ASMF and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is one of the most sought-after solo cellists working in the TV and movie music industry.
Andrew lives in the Santa Monica mountains with his wife, a cellist and Alexander Technique teacher, and their two children who are also musicians.