Andrew began his career as an orchestral oboist by playing in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra during the two years that he spent studying at the Karajan Academy. Subsequently he has played with the English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Opera de Lyon, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. Since being appointed as principal oboist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, (in 1983), he has concentrated his work in the South West of England. As a member of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta he was soloist in many of the major oboe concertos, and recorded Mozart’s Concerto. He won many prizes, notably in the Prague International oboe competition and the Leeds National Instrumental platform. As a soloist he has played many times in France and also in Germany, Italy and Turkey, as well as in many South American countries.
He was particularly honoured to be invited to play a solo for the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday concert that was broadcast to an audience of 50 million on the World Service and Radio 2. In recent years he has enjoyed working with the London Sinfonietta and the Hilliard Ensemble, especially in concerts devoted to the music of Arvo Part.
Since 1991 Andrew has taught in the music Department of Southampton University. From 2000 to 2008 he taught at Trinity College of Music. He has taught at Eton College and currently teaches at Winchester College.
Andrew has taught at Dartington International Summer School and at the Woodwind Chamber Music Course in Cubertou in the south of France. For many years he has also run the Oboe Extravaganza course for Benslow Music Trust