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Andrew Samarasekara

Violin

Andrew Samarasekara (UK, 19) studied with Lutsia Ibragimova at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England. He currently studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, under the tuition of Paul Biss. Andrew is a prize winner at the Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition, the New York Summit Festival 'Mary Smart' International Concerto Competition and the Royal College of Music ‘Hugh Bean’ and ‘Margery Humby’ competitions. Andrew was also the recipient of the prestigious RCM Esther Coleman, Mary Gotch and May Edwards prizes in 2013.

Andrew has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across England, Germany, Spain, the United States and France at prestigious venues that include Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Schloss Nymphenburg Palace, NEC Jordan Hall, Katarina Gurska de Madrid concert hall, Menuhin Hall and the Barbican Centre. Andrew gave his concerto debut at the age of 13-14 when he Performed Vieuxteumps' Violin Concerto No.5 with the Orchestra 'Ex-Trinitate' in the Trinity Concert Hall. Since then, he has performed concertos with the Dorking Philharmonic, Epsom Philharmonic, Ipswich Symphony and the Trinity Baroque Soloists. Andrew has been invited to give concerts at the International Beaumaris Festival and at Manhattanville College as part of the International Summit Music Festival ‘Aaron Rosand intensive course’.

In August 2017, Andrew was invited to play Vivaldi’s Concerto for 3 Violins alongside Shlomo Mintz as a soloist during the Crans Montana Classics Violin Masterclass series in Switzerland. Andrew has received masterclasses and lessons from pedagogues including Aaron Rosand, Miriam Fried, Natasha Boyarsky, Andres Keller, Sungsic Yang, Cihat Askin, Sonig Tchaikerian, Wei-Dong-Tong, Dimitri Berlinsky, the Emerson Quartet, Lewis Kaplan, Hagai Shaham, Remus Azoitei, David Angel, Walter Fields, Mark Messenger and Eduard Schmieder. He currently performs on an est.1830 J.B. Vuillaume, generously loaned to him by the Benslow Trust and Mary Gelhorn.