As a young person, Andrew Lewinter divided his attention between composition and the French horn, studying composition at Juilliard in the pre-college division, and horn with William VerMeulen and David Jolley. He attended Northwestern University School of Music, but left after his sophomore year to pursue a career as an orchestral horn player, playing with the Florida Orchestra in Tampa, Florida (1986-88) and Principal Horn with both the Florida Philharmonic (1988-2001) and the Santa Fe Opera (1994-97). He won the top prize at the Prague Spring International Solo Competition in 1992.
In 2016, Andrew began again to compose music. His Sonata for Horn and Piano (2017) was premiered by Lydia VanDreel and Sandy Holder in Tacoma, Washington in 2018 at the Northwest Horn Symposium. Lewinter’s Nonet (2018) was premiered at the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival in 2018, and a recording on Ablaze Records will be released in the summer of 2020. Lewinter’s Sonata for Tuba and Piano was premiered and recorded by Michael Grose and Andrew Pham at the University of Oregon in 2019. Andrew’s Waltz for Flute and Cello will be included on flutist Dieter Flury’s solo album, “Modern Works for Flute” on Navona Records in 2020. The New London Chamber Ensemble will be recording Andrew’s Woodwind Quintet, with plans for commercial release in early to mid-2021. That recording will be available on all major music streaming websites and for purchase in compact disc format.
Andrew Lewinter is a member of Cascadia Composers, a Chapter of the National Association of Composers.