Pittsburgh native, Andy Kozar is a New York City based trumpeter, improviser, composer and educator has been called a ‘star soloist’ by TimeOutNY and has been said to be ‘agile as he navigated leaps and slurs with grace…he shifted between lyricism and aggression deftly’ by the International Trumpet Guild Journal, ‘polished and dynamic, with very impressive playing’ by the Baltimore Sun, and that he ‘coaxed the ethereal and the gritty from [his] muted instrument…and revealed a facility for shaping notes and color’ by the San Francisco Classical Voice. A strong advocate of contemporary music, he is a founding member of loadbang which has been called ‘inventive’ by the New York Times, ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, and ‘a formidable new-music force’ by TimeOutNY. He is also a member of TILT Brass and has performed with new music ensembles including Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Ensemble ACJW, Wet Ink, and Mark Gould’s Pink Baby Monster. He has performed alongside artists such as Dave Douglas, Pablo Heras Casado, and Brad Lubman, in addition to working closely with numerous composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Augusta Reed Thomas, and Pulitzer Prize winning composers David Lang and Charles Wuorinen. He has performed at Bang on a Can marathons both at MASS MoCA and has presented a lecture/recital on performing with electronics at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference, and was featured as a soloist at both the University of Richmond’s Third Practice electro-acoustic festival and University of Colorado, Boulder’s Pendulum Series for New Music.
Equally well versed in the traditional repertoire, he is the principal trumpet of the Norwalk Symphony and has performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. As a baroque trumpeter, he has performed as a part of the Boston Early Music Festival, with The Bach Players of Holy Trinity in New York City , at St. Thomas with the world famous St. Thomas Boys Choir, and with Ensemble Musica Humana.
In addition to contemporary and traditional classical music, his versatility has also allowed him the opportunity to perform with the Grammy nominated Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra and indie pop bands including the Generationals and Emanuel and the Fear. He has also performed on Broadway’s Mary Poppins.
As a recording artist, he can be heard on indie pop albums by Yuck on Mercury Records, Emanuel and the Fear and Bennett Lin, the Hollywood film Sushi Girl, and on PBS’s special featuring the singer Paul Byrom from Celtic Thunder. As a classical recording artist he can be heard on Signal’s Mode Records release of Helmut Lachenmann’s music, TILT Brass’ To TILT: Volume 1 and as a collaborator on the Mode Records release of Morton Feldman’s orchestral music.
As a composer, his music has been said to have ‘intriguing sonorities’ by the New York Times, to be ‘virtuosic’ by The New Yorker, ‘...extremely effective and quite touching’ by New Music Box, and ‘at the cutting edge of creativity’ by Sequenza21. It has been performed by the members of loadbang, Bang on a Can All Star’s pianist Vicky Chow and others. In addition, he has received awards from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to record an album of his work titled ‘On the end…’ which was released in 2013 on the ANALOG Arts label.
Andy has studied with Anthony Pasquarelli, James Thompson, Brian McWhorter, Jens Lindemann and Mark Gould, has studied at Carnegie Mellon University, holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music, and a MM in contemporary performance at Manhattan School of Music. He has given lectures and master-classes at the Peabody Conservatory, SUNY Fredonia, Northwestern University and the University of Colorado. He has worked as an instructor of trumpet at Hunter College, and regularly works as a teaching artist for the American Composers Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program and is on faculty at the North Carolina Governor’s School and the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston.