Andrew Howes Composer
Andrew Howes (b.1992) is a Sydney-based composer, building an international reputation for orchestral and choral music. His compositions and orchestrations have been heard in film and TV, as well as on main-stages across Australia, Europe, the UK and the USA. After the Clifton Parker Award afforded him the opportunity to study with Alison Kay and Simon Holt at the Royal College of Music, London, he moved to New York to complete his Master’s with Susan Botti at the Manhattan School of Music, where in 2017 he won the Manhattan Prize.
Andrew enjoys working with a wide range of performing media and his works have been performed by the WA Chamber Singers,Windplay, the Terracini Brass Quintet, the Penrith Symphony Orchestra, AYO's Alexander Orchestra, the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra's Flagship Orchestra, the Willoughby Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Song Company, Taikoz, and the Sydney Symphony. Notable commissions include those from the the Sydney Symphony, the Royal College of Music, SYO, Michelle Leonard (Leichhardt Espresso Chorus), Murray Khouri (clarinet) and several works for Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra, where Andrew was Composition Fellow for 2011.
In 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019, Andrew was composer in residence for the APRA-award winning Moorambilla Voices. He was composer in residence in 2019 for the inaugural Milbi Festival, and collaborated with Robert McLellan to create the Taribelang Welcome Song. In June of 2012, Andrew was the recipient of the 'Fine Music 102.5 Young Composer Award' for his work Madrigal 4. He took part in the 2013 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's Composers School, as well as in the 2010 Symphony Australia Orchestration program, under Richard Mills.
Andrew has also worked as a professional orchestrator, providing his services for singer-songwriter Josh Pyke and for composer Louis Mander's opera The Building of Ely Cathedral. He has also orchestrated over 200 library music tracks for composers including Matt Nicholson, Mike Meehan and Shin Suzuma, He has produced educational materials for the Sydney Symphony, given masterclasses at Bethlehem College, Ashfield, the Conservatorium High School, Sydney and the Purcell School, London.
Andrew has studied with Trevor Pearce, Richard Gill, Andrew Schultz, Simon Holt, Susan Botti, and Alison Kay. He has been mentored by Christopher Seaman, Richard Mills, Paul Stanhope, Maria Grenfell, Lucy Shelton and Tim Garland.