Malaysian violist and New Zealand International Doctoral Scholar Andrew Filmer is pioneering new approaches in the retuning technique of scordatura, under the supervision of Donald Maurice. At the 2011 International Viola Congress in Würzburg, Germany, Andrew will be presenting research on instrumental substitution utilizing scordatura in J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. This was published by the Journal of the American Viola Society (JAVS), and the new edition is in the process of publication by Comus in the UK. Additionally this year, he will be performing concertos in the UK, New Zealand, and Malaysia.
In 2008, as the 1st Prize winner of the David Dalton Viola Research Competition sponsored by the American Viola Society, his research on Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante was published by JAVS. Andrew has also been published in Strings, and is due to be published in String Praxis. He holds a Master of Music degree in viola performance from Indiana University, where he studied with Anthony Devroye of the Avalon Quartet; he also holds an honours degree in journalism from Universiti Sains Malaysia. He was the 2010 first place winner of the 3-Minute Thesis Competition of Victoria University of Wellington, and is Vice President of its Postgraduate Students' Association.
Andrew was awarded a Lilburn Trust Performance Award in 2010 and 2011.
For more information visit: andrewfilmer.wordpress.com
(Updated September 2011)