Composer, violinist, violist, and baroque violinist ANDREW MCINTOSH has a unique and diverse approach to music-making, prioritizing his work as a composer and focusing his performances primarily around the repertoire of compelling and experimental music from the last 800 years. He is known for being a specialist in alternate tuning systems and also for being a member of the Formalist Quartet, which is dedicated to adventurous and relevant repertoire and regularly performs around the US. He holds degrees in violin, composition, and early music performance from the University of Nevada, Reno, the California Institute of the Arts, and the University of Southern California.
As a composer, McIntosh strives to write vibrant and engaging pieces while bringing a spirit of experimentalism to the music, often finding models for his work in the natural world. His music is regularly performed around the US and Europe and has been featured at major venues in The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Los Angeles, and New York. In 2011 he was awarded the First Honorable Mention (2nd Prize) in the Gaudeamus International Composers Competition. As a solo artist he has appeared at venues such as Stanford University, REDCAT (in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles), the Wulf (Los Angeles), Unruly Music (Milwaukee), Hamburger Klangwerktage (Hamburg), Bludenzer Tage Zeitgemasse Muzik (Austria), Moments Musicaux Aarau (Switzerland), the Pianola Museum (Amsterdam), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), and KPFK Pacifica Radio. He also was the viola soloist in the US premiere of Gèrard Grisey’s Les Espaces Acoustiques, for which performance the LA Times said he “played with commanding beauty”.
As a chamber musician he has played in festivals, concerts, art spaces, and recordings around the US and Europe with the Formalist Quartet, Tholl/McIntosh duo, Quatuor Bozzini (Montreal), Wet Ink Ensemble (New York), Rohan de Saram, Marc Sabat, Jürg Frey, Dante Boon, wild Up, inauthentica, and many others. A native of rural Northern Nevada, McIntosh is currently based in the Los Angeles area where he enjoys a large and frequently unexpected variety of writing, performing, traveling, teaching, and recording activities.