Andrew joined EVC in 2017 and his Birds Études-Tableaux immediately became popular recital repertoire choice internationally. In his work, Andrew takes advantage of contemporary and modernist styles (bi-tonality, ostinato, modal harmony) whilst reflecting on the forms and disciplines of earlier composers.
Andrew Higgins was born in 1960 in England. He studied Piano at the London College of Music before graduating from the University of Surrey with a BMus (First Class) Honours specialising in composition and performance. Andrew's early career was as a professional musician. This included touring with bands of all styles, working at the BBC, in the recording studio, and arranging and producing.
During the 1990's he decided to devote more time to composition and to the teaching of music history, theory, and composition as well as the piano. Several of his piano pupils have since gone on to study at specialised Music Schools or at the University level and one is now a concert pianist in his own right.
Andrew combined his teaching with working for a major educational Music Publisher, heading up their UK and European divisions. Part of this work included giving lectures and workshops around the world on developing musicality in students at the earliest stages believing '...too many musicians are lost in a fog of notation before they really get started...'
This progressive approach can be heard in his own music, which takes advantage of contemporary and modernist styles (bi-tonality, ostinato, modal harmony) whilst reflecting on the forms and disciplines of earlier composers.