Andrew Smith is a Sydney based saxophonist who is at the forefront of classical saxophone in Australia. A highly active performer, Andrew can be frequently seen performing in chamber (Nexas Quartet, The Sax Summit) orchestral (Sydney Symphony) and solo settings.
One of the hallmarks of Andrew’s musical endeavors has been his close collaborations with a number of composers resulting in countless premiers of new works. Composers Andrew has worked with include Cyrus Meurant, Tristan Coelho, Paul Castles, Lachlan Skipworth, Mark Oliviero, Mark Bradshaw and Matthew Hindson.
As a member of the Nexas Saxophone Quartet and the Chronology Arts core ensemble Andrew has attempted to further the repertoire of the saxophone through initiating a number of commissions and transcriptions, as well as exploring a number of collaborations with associate artists and cross art collaborations.
Notable festival performances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Adelaide Cabaret, Sydney Festival, Aurora Festival, International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), and World Saxophone Congress. International performances have seen travels to Scotland, France, Hong Kong and China. Andrew has also been involved in a number of live to air radio broadcasts for ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 2MBS. CD releases include: "Ballads of a Pleasant Life" Nexas Quartet/Peter Coleman-Wright (ABC Classics) and "Current" (Nexas Quartet). Through performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Andrew has also had the pleasure to perform solos with pop artists including Natalie Cole, Ben Folds and Conchita Wurst. Andrew has also recorded for a number of soundtracks including the recent HBO/BBC production "Top of the Lake: China Girl" with music by Mark Bradshaw.
In his saxophone study Andrew was awarded both a B.Mus (Hons) and M.Mus from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The study of the latter was undertaken with the assistance of the prestigious Henderson Postgraduate Award. Throughout his tertiary study Andrew won numerous competitions and received a number of scholarships as well as furthering his studies with numerous European sojourns.