Born: February 2, 1974 Primary Instrument: Piano
Andrew Gilpin, who rebelled against formal music lessons at the tender age of seven, is a completely self-taught pianist and composer. Although this meant he never had much homework, Andrew always kept the pedal to the metal and never rested until he had the notes just where he wanted them. When he isn't performing, composing, or arranging, Andrew fills his time with web site design, reading, and various crafts and hobbies. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1974, Andrew is completely self-taught at the piano. As an entirely home-schooled child, Andrew's self-directed learning led him to an exploration of a vast amount of musical repertoire, including ragtime, classical, jazz, pop, contemporary Christian, and everything in between. Mr. Gilpin’s performing career began at the age of 15, accompanying a family-run choral group. At first professing that he didn’t like music with words, Andrew later developed a great love for choral repertoire, composing many works of his own. Among these are spirited musical settings of two of Robert Service’s most famous poems, The Cremation of Sam McGee and The Shooting of Dan McGrew, as well as a full-length Gloria. Andrew’s interest in jazz led him to form the Andrew Gilpin Trio. The Trio’s first CD release, And All That Jazz, led to performances in Canada and the United States, as well as appearances on television and radio. Mr. Gilpin was also involved in a number of musical theatre productions across North America, performing eight full shows before he was 21. Andrew’s most recent recording is the Ebony & Ivory debut CD, Red Hot!