Andrew Pelletier

Andrew Pelletier is a soloist and Grammy-award winning chamber musician regularly performing across the United States.  Of his solo playing, John Henken of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “gleaming, handsome playing.  Pelletier is a soloist who seems capable of anything on his instrument.”  Fanfare Magazine called him “Phenomenal…undeniably in tune with what he plays” and the American Record Guide has praised his “full sound and playing with authority and imagination.” He is the First Prize winner of the 1997 and 2001 American Horn Competition (America’s only internationally recognized competition for the horn) and has appeared as a soloist at the International Horn Society Annual Symposia in 1997, 2003, 2005 and 2009.  He is in regular demand for artistic residencies and clinics at universities and music schools and his solo tours have taken him to 22 US states, Canada, Mexico and England.  Dedicated to new music and the collaboration between performer and composer, he has commissioned and premiered aver 20 new works for the horn as a solo voice.  An active chamber musician, he performs with Southwest Chamber Music in California (with whom he won the 2005 Grammy award for Best Classical Recording, Small Ensemble), the Motor City Brass Quintet and has performed with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and with Chamber Music at the Scarab Club, Detroit.  As an orchestral performer, he is the principal horn of the Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House and the Ann Arbor Symphony, and has performed as guest principal horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic (under Music Director Gustavo Dudamel) and the Windsor (Canada) Symphony and is the former principal horn for the Santa Barbara Symphony, Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Long Beach Camerata, Maine Chamber Ensemble and Portland (Maine) Ballet.  A regular performer with the Detroit and Toledo Symphonies; he has also performed with the New West Symphony, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra (for six seasons) and is a founding member of the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre.  He spent almost a decade as an active free-lance performer in Los Angeles and can be heard on film soundtracks as Battle: Los Angeles, Your Highness, Lethal Weapon 4, The X-Men, Frequency and various television movies for Lifetime TV and the Sci-Fi Channel.  His pedagogical articles have been published by the International Horn Society, the Texas Band Master’s Association and the New York Brass Conference.  He holds a B.M. degree from the University of Southern Maine, and an M.M. and the D.M.A. (both granted with Highest Honors) from the University of Southern California.  His primary teachers are John Boden, James Decker and trumpeter Roy Poper.  He has recorded for MSR Classics, Cambria Master Classics and Delos labels.  Pelletier serves as the Associate Professor of Horn at the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts, in Bowling Green, Ohio.