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. However, he enjoys music from throughout the last 800 years and can often be found playing works by a surprisingly varied palette of composers. 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.
As a chamber musician he has played in festivals, concerts, art spaces, and recordings around the US and Europe with the Formalist Quartet, Tholl/McIntosh duo, Quatuor Bozzini (Montreal), Wet Ink Ensemble (New York), Rohan de Saram, Dante Boon, inauthentica, and many others. He has been a guest artist at the Other Minds Festival (San Francisco), Reykjavik Arts Festival (Iceland), Dartington Music Festival (England), Dilijan Concerts (Los Angeles), Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival (California), and KCRW 89.9 fm Los Angeles.
As an early musician, McIntosh is quickly building a reputation for being an adventurous performer focusing on the scordatura music of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, as well as being a specialist in the French Baroque style. He has performed the complete cycle of Biber's 16 extraordinary Rosary Sonatas in Los Angeles with invitations for further concerts in Berlin and Switzerland. Other baroque musicians that he has concertized with include Musica Angelica, Cornucopia Baroque, and the Corona del Mar Baroque Festival.
A dedicated teacher, McIntosh currently focuses on working with students at Harmony Project in Los Angeles and has served on the faculties of Pomona College and the Oakwood School, as well as guest lecturing at the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California, and Stanford University.