Drew Irvin, violin

ANDREW IRVIN started his violin studies in his home town of Columbia, Missouri with Kathy Rollings. This childhood interest has lead to a life of concerts throughout North America and abroad. After study with Kevin Lawrence at the University of North Carolina, School of the Arts, Catherine Tait at Eastman and Katy McLin at Arizona State University he moved to Arkansas where he is Concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. His solo repertoire ranges from Bach and Vivaldi, through Mozart and Haydn to Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Korngold and Vaughn-Williams. 

Andrew loves to play chamber music and has numerous chamber ensembles including ARMusica, the Irvin/Christopher Duo and the Camino Trio.  The newest ensemble, ARMusica is a chamber ensemble equipped for everything in the canon from solos to septets. ARMusica started with Pianist Julie Cheek and Andrew in 2012.  Andrew also has explored the Violin/Organ repertoire with organist David Christopher.  Recordings of Andrew include one as a member of the Camino Trio with clarinetist, Kelly Johnson and pianist Gail Novak.  The CD “Child’s Play” is out on the Potenza label. He can also be heard in recording on the Naxos label with the Hot Springs Music Festival (HSMF). The HSMF is a free summer music festival for musicians finishing their training and entering the professional realm. Andrew has been a faculty member since 2004. Other highlights of his chamber music career include performances with the Augustin Hadelich, the Ying Quartet, the Audubon Quartet, and New York City premiere of composer Steve Mackey‘s Troubadour Songs. 
Highlights of the 2016-17 season include soloing with the Bruch 1st concerto with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, a world premier of Michael Fine’s double violin concerto and Bruch’s Adagio Appassionata with the Hot Springs Music Festival.
Mr Irvin works with a select private studio and his students have attended schools across the US, many with scholarship.  Some of the schools include Ithaca, SUNY-Fredonia, Yale, Smith College, Arizona State University, Florida State University, St Olaf, Texas Tech, Interlochen Academy, Johns Hopkins, University of Michigan, Calvin College and many of Arkansas’ fine music schools. He plays a 1765 Gagliano violin.



Apprentice applications:

MOZART: Concerto No. 3, 4, or 5 – 1st movement, exposition.  BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 – 1st movement, measures 114-155.  MOZART: Symphony No. 39 – 2nd movement, measures 1-27 without repeats.  SCHUMANN:  Symphony 2 – Scherzo, beginning to measure 54.