Viola and violin teacher, viola maker and instrument repairer

About Andrew

Andrew Metaxas

Andrew began learning the viola in Christchurch with Elizabeth Rogers from New Zealand’s Camerata Quartet at the age of 12.  He continued his studies in Perth, Western Australia, with Berian Evans, Graham Wood and Alan Bonds at The University of Western Australia and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he performed in masterclasses for Eduard Melkus and Carmel Kaine. During his tertiary studies, Andrew was a keen orchestral player, being Principal Viola of the West Australian Youth Orchestra (1983-84) and a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra (1983-84) and the WA Arts Orchestra (1983-85).

After graduating with a Diploma of Performing Arts (Music) from WAAPA in 1985, Andrew was appointed as a tutti violist in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, where he remained until 2001. During his time in Perth, Andrew was also active with the WA Chamber Orchestra, the WA Camerata, the Emmanuel Ensemble and the Elandra Ensemble. In 1987, Andrew was invited to join the string principals of WASO in a televised performance of Mendelssohn’s String Quintet in A minor as part of the ABC’s Music in Heritage series. In 2001, he performed modern Australian works for viola by Gordon Kerry and Nigel Sabin for the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival at Government House in Sydney to critical acclaim.

Andrew moved to Tasmania in 2001 and has since been a freelance musician with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. He continued to perform with a variety of chamber ensembles, including Hobart’s Strings on Fire and Virtuosi Tasmania was a guest artist performing music of John Cale for the 2010 MONA FOMA in Hobart. Andrew also examined for the Australian Music Examinations Board for the viola, violin and harp.

Since relocating to Melbourne in 2010, Andrew has focused on building his teaching practice and learning the art of violinmaking and instrument restoration. He has continued performing with the MSO as a freelance musician and as a principal player of several semi-professional orchestras, including the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Melbourne Bach Choir Orchestra and the Star Chorale Orchestra. In 2012, Andrew was part of The Impossible Orchestra project — a full symphony orchestra concert involving a continuous rotation of professional players over a 24-hour period.