Andrew Hall played as a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a casual musician before successfully auditioning for a role in the Second Violin section in 1996.
Born in Melbourne Andrew began violin lessons at the age of seven, later taking up the piano and viola whilst still in primary school. After studying with Nathan Gutman, Andrew joined Orchestra Victoria in 1990. In 1994 Andrew left Australia for 12 months to study in London with Rodney Friend before returning and working as a freelance musician for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Melbourne and Australia Pro Arte.
The music that changed my life is…
Mahler Symphony No. 9. I don’t think you can ever be the same after listening to that.
My greatest musical heroes and biggest influences are…
Sinatra. Nat King Cole. Billie Holiday. Ella Fitzgerald. Luciano Pavarotti. And Itzhak Pearlman.
Which musical figures would you invite to your house for dinner? And what would you serve?
Stravinsky, Puccini and Leonard Bernstein. I’d also invite George Antheil the avant-garde composer (who lived around the same time as George Gershwin) and I’d ask him about his Ballet Mécanique which included numerous pianos and sirens, etc.
I’d serve homemade spaghetti bolognese.
Where in Victoria do you most like to perform?
Hamer Hall, the Arts Centre.