Andy Stamatakis-Brown

(Hear Andy's piece here, recorded live at the Cinnamon Club, Bowdon.)

Andy studied on the prestigious Joint Course at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. He received the Margaret Ann Knowles Major Scholarship and several academic prizes from the university, graduating with first class honours in 2003. At the RNCM he studied composition with Gary Carpenter and Ian Vine and won prizes for composition and jazz improvisation. He has written for film, dance and theatre and has had performances of his pieces in Europe, Australia and the States.

Andy plays piano in and composes for 6pac Jazz Sextet, who received the RNCM Gold Medal from the college Principal in 2004. The sextet has recorded two albums, the first of which was funded through the Peter Whittingham Award for an Innovative Jazz Project. Their project involved running workshops at higher education institutions across the North West and a nationwide composition competition. With 6pac Andy has also worked on the Live Music Now! scheme which takes music to people who would not normally have access to it.

Andy currently teaches for Yorkshire Young Musicians, King's School in Chester, delivers workshops for Streetwise Operas and has taught keyboard and improvisation skills on the London Suzuki Group International School since 2004.

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