Andrew Hsieh
Status: Member
Member Since: February 17, 2018
Last Visit:June 21, 2018

Andrew Hsieh

I'm a serious amateur violist in Sacramento, California. Although I started late and am still mostly self-taught, I've been playing in orchestras almost without interruption for the last 17 years. I am currently a section violist in the Camellia Symphony Orchestra and principal violist of the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra, and attend semi-regular chamber music reading sessions. I made my solo debut in 2014, playing the Bruch Romanze with the West Sacramento Community Orchestra.

Before starting on viola, I studied piano ages 5-17 and played low brass in school bands. I compose a little when I have time.

Goals for 2018: learn enough high-level solo rep to be able to play a full-length recital; learn the Walton concerto; find a teacher who fits into my schedule and can work with the type of repertoire I'm learning.

Current struggle: figuring out a setup that allows playing on the low strings for extended periods without excessive strain.

15.75" Tertis pattern viola by Henry Krug, 1979, Phoenix; C.F. Iesta hybrid bow; Strings: Vision C-G-D, Larson A.