Job Role: Head of Undergraduate Programmes (Music)
Honours: BMus, LRAM, SFHEA
Andrea graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1996, having studied violin with Howard Davis and Mateja Marinkovic, and baroque violin with Simon Standage and Elisabeth Wällfisch. She became co-leader of the 1996 European Union Baroque Orchestra before launching her professional career with the German Baroque ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln, as well as establishing herself widely both as a chamber and orchestral musician with many of the UKs leading period instrument ensembles. Andrea has enjoyed a varied career, performing and touring extensively in co-leader or section principal seats with orchestras including The King’s Consort, The Sixteen, Academy of Ancient Music, English Concert, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Hanover Band, Early Opera Company, Dunedin Consort, Avison Ensemble, English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestra Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Andrea has also combined her orchestral and chamber music performances with numerous recordings as well as ongoing commercial, musical theatre, film and television work.
Teaching has always been a significant focus with more than 25 years' experience in this area, working in music services, Junior Conservatoire settings and in private practice. Andrea began teaching at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2004 as a baroque violin teacher and academic lecturer and has established a deep commitment to supporting musicians in Higher Education, undertaking the roles as Head of Learning and Teaching (2017-21) and leading the BMus Course (2013- present). Andrea is currently undertaking doctoral research looking at music student transitions into Conservatoire study, and her teaching centres on string pedagogy, the psychology of performance, engagement and community music and in supporting the development of critically reflective skills for undergraduate musicians.
Andrea is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a council Member of the European String Teacher’s Association and currently an External Examiner at the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.