Composer, violinist, violist, and baroque violinist Andrew McIntosh has a unique and diverse approach to music-making, prioritizing his work as a composer and focusing his performances primarily around the repertoire of compelling and experimental music from the last 100 years and from the 17th century. McIntosh is a member of the Formalist Quartet, which is also dedicated to adventurous and relevant repertoire and regularly performs around the country. He holds degrees in violin, composition, and early music performance from the University of Nevada, Reno, the California Institute of the Arts, and the University of Southern California. A native of rural Northern Nevada, McIntosh is currently based in the Los Angeles area where he enjoys a large and frequently unexpected variety of writing, performing, teaching, and recording activities.
As a composer, McIntosh strives to write vibrant and compelling pieces while bringing a spirit of experimentalism to the music, usually through working with just intonation and frequency ratios. His music is regularly performed around the US and Europe and has been featured at major venues in The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Los Angeles, and New York. In 2011 he was awarded the First Honorable Mention (2nd Prize) in the Gaudeamus International Composers Competition.
As a solo artist he has appeared at venues such as Stanford University, REDCAT (in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles), the Wulf (Los Angeles), Hamburger Klangwerktage (Hamburg), the Pianola Museum (Amsterdam), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), and KPFK Pacifica Radio, as well as soloing with the New Century Players, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, USC Thornton Early Music Ensemble, wild Up, Reno Philharmonic, and inauthentica. He also was the viola soloist in the US premiere of Gèrard Grisey’s Les Espaces Acoustiques, for which performance the LA Times said he “played with commanding beauty”. His first solo album, correct music, a collection of mostly previously unrecorded music by Tom Johnson, was recently released on Populist Records to critical acclaim.