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Andrew Ardizzoia

HMP Compositions

  • New ResourcesA percussion quartet. Educational Series

  • Rítmos Colorados (2014)A unique and colorful work for 8 percussionists. The work consists of an introduction followed by eight “etudes.” Various types of activities (active, rolled, isolated, etc.) and timbres (wood, skin, metal, pitched/unpitched) cycle against one another to
    create a shifting soundscape.


Andrew Ardizzoia (b. 1979) is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where he began his studies in music at an early age.  His catalog of orchestral, band, choral, chamber, and solo vocal works have been performed on four continents by a wide variety of soloists and ensembles.  His music, described as “exuberant, rhythmic, and great fun”, as well as “smart, intriguing, and masterful”, has earned numerous awards and commissions including the Presser Foundation Award, a Zoni nomination (Arizona’s top theatre award), as well as grants from Arizona State University, the University of Hartford, and the Alvin Edgar Fund at Iowa State University.  In 2012 he received the Diemente award from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

Recent performances have included the premiere of Andrew’s “Quod erat demonstrandum…” by the Iowa State University Wind Ensemble at the CBDNA North Central division conference, and his Symphony for Wind Ensemble, by the Hartt Wind Ensemble under Glen Adsit.  Andrew’s Etudes and Fugues for solo marimba have been performed by percussionist Matthew Coley in Switzerland, Germany, and on tour across Northern California.  Other performances include the premieres of his Ritmos Colorados and Stonewall Magnificats for percussion ensemble, and performances of the Songs of Introspection in both Michigan and Connecticut.

During the summer of 2015, Andrew served as composer-in-residence at the Heartland Marimba Festival and Academy.  His works have also been heard at major conferences around the world, most recently at the Keiko Abe Lucerne International Marimba Academy (Kalima), as well as the World Saxophone Congress, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the International Horn Society, and the International Summer Arts Institute.   Recent works may be heard on recordings from the International Arts Educators Forum and the Percussion Ensemble at Fort Lewis College.

Andrew’s works have also been performed at Arizona State University, The Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, both Idyllwild and Interlochen, and at many other colleges, festivals, and museums.  Recitals dedicated to his works have taken place in California and Arizona, and his music has been part of art installations, dance programs, and theatrical productions around the Pacific Rim.

Upcoming projects include new works for two Italian chamber groups: Trio Najma and Quintetto Pentarmonico, as well as the Icelandic harp/percussion duo Harpverk.

Andrew holds a D.M.A in composition with a cognate in music theory from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford.  He holds the M.M. in composition from Arizona State University, and the B.M. in composition from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific.  His primary teachers have included Stephen Michael Gryc, Robert Carl, Rodney Rogers, James DeMars, Robert Coburn, and Francois Rose.  He has participated in masterclasses with composers Christopher Theofanidis, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Torke, and Jonathan Newman, as well as with conductor Karla Lemon at the Scotia Festival of Music.  He also studied conducting with Henrik Jul Hansen and Eric Hammer.  Andrew regularly leads clinics and performances of his music with ensembles of all ages.

Andrew currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT, where he teaches courses in theory, composition, and history, in addition to leading the concert band and choir.  He has previously taught at the Hartt School, Arizona State University, and Paradise Valley Community College.   He is a member of BMI, the College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and his percussion music is published by Heartland Marimba Publications.

Andrew lives in Hartford with his partner Rico Reyes, and a rescued Chihuahua/terrier mix named Joey, who is a very good boy (mostly).