Andrew Meisel was born in Sydney and began his musical and double bass studies at the age of 16. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 1996 after five years of study with Brett Berthold and in the same year was awarded a Big Brother Scholarship for overseas study. Andrew spent five months in London under the guiding hand of Thomas Martin before returning home to take up a rank and file position with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. His other teachers have included Timothy Cobb in New York and Ed Barker in Boston. Andrew currently holds the position of Associate Principal Double Bass with AOBO. He has performed as Guest Principal with the Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Andrew performs regularly with chamber ensembles including the Australia Ensemble, Sydney Omega Ensemble, Huntington Estate Music Festival, Norway’s Bit 20 contemporary ensemble and Kowmung Music Festival. He appeared with the Eggner Trio to perform Schubert’s Trout Quintet in the ABC Classic 100 Chamber Music Concert, held in conjunction with the inaugural Musica Viva Festival in 2008.
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We asked Andy a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? I took up the double bass by accident when I was 14. A teacher at school had started a string orchestra and there were two basses lying around. A friend and I thought it would be fun to have a go. I decided to audition for the Conservatorium High School when I was 16.
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? Relaxing at home.
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? Wide and varied.
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? Being a muso who plays opera that’s a very hard question. Anything less than 3 hours is a bonus.
- When should we clap? I don’t mind. If people are enjoying an experience enough they should be able to show how they feel.
A member of
- Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra