Andrew Barnwell is seventeen years old and a junior at Mercer Island High School. He began piano studies at the age of seven and has studied with Heather Rodgers Riley in Massachusetts; Søren Pedersen in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he and his family lived for three years; and currently studies with Dainius Vaičekonis in Seattle. Andrew accompanied his school’s choir for three years and currently plays in his high school’s selective Wind Ensemble. He works with a student-run non-profit organization, Instruments for Change, which promotes music in the community, and also tutored an elementary school student with Seattle Music Partners. He frequently participates in local festivals, and has won 3rd Place in Seattle’s 2013 Russian Music Competition, 2nd Place in the 2014 NW Bach Festival, 1st Place in the 2014 GMCC competition, 1st Prize in the 2014 Chopin NW Festival, and was most recently awarded the chance to compete for a spot in the 2015 Minnesota International Piano Junior e-Competition. In 2014, Andrew was selected to participate in the internationally renowned Morningside Music Bridge program in Calgary, Canada; while there, he was invited to perform at the National Music Center, and was also awarded the Stuart Holland Memorial Award, which was given to four students whom the faculty felt best took advantage of the opportunities offered. Andrew has participated in masterclasses with such artists as Geoffrey Duce, Marilyn Engle, Robin McCabe, David Moroz, John Perry, and Craig Sheppard; he has also had lessons with Marc Durand, Marilyn Engle, André Laplante, Kum Sing Lee, David Moroz, John Perry, Steven Spooner, Wang Xiaohan, and Zhang Jin. Andrew studies music academics and chamber music at the Academy of Music Northwest. In addition to music, Andrew enjoys creative writing and running.
Andrew Barnwell is the "1st Place Winner" in the BSO’s 2015 Young Artist Concerto Competition.
Photo: I. Barnwell