Andrew has many years of experience making reeds for both Heckel system and historical bassoons. He has studied reed-making under the tutelage of Jo Ann Simpson, Mathieu Lussier, and Donna Agrell, and has taken workshops with many other important bassoonists including Paul Buttemer, James MacKay, Jim Ewen, and Stéphane Lévesque.
In 2019, Andrew was supported by The Canada Council for the Arts to complete a research project on the reeds of Wilhelm Knochenauer and Carl Mechler, with the aid of Jim Mackay. The knowledge gained from that project has had a direct influence on the design and production of his reeds.
A graduate of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Andrew performs with many top-level ensembles in Switzerland and Germany. Andrew performs regularly as a member of Il Gusto Barocco (DE), Accademia Barocca Lucernensis (CH), and is bassoonist to the Capricornus Consort (CH). In 2013 and 2014, he was solo bassoonist with the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
In 2017 Andrew became the first bassoonist to win first prize at the FagotNetwerk’s Professional Bassoon Competition while perfoming on an historical instrument.
Most importantly, as both a soloist and ensemble musician Andrew understands the demands of the modern historical bassoonist. He expects his reeds to meet the needs of the highest level performer.