Andrew Harrison composes music across a variety of styles, from film and theatre productions to jazz and concert music.
He has produced numerous works for theatre. He was the composer for the 2010 alt-comedy theatre hit Stop.Rewind (written by Melissa Bubnic), produced by Red Stitch Actors Theatre and directed by Anne Browning. Andrew wrote the dramatic underscore for the Eagle Eyed Productions staging of The Laramie Project in 2005 in Victoria, Australia, as well as incidental music for the same company’s productions of the stage plays You Can’t Take It With You and Breaker Morant.
He has written music for over a dozen short films, including Aboriginal Heart (2012), Abel (2010), Abraham (2010), Tea for Two (2010), Simon (2009), At The End of The Day (2008), Bottom Dollar (2008), The Daily Grind (2008), Animal (2007), Deceased (2006), Eat The Suburbs (2006), Without Warning (2002) and Bean Dead (2000).
Andrew has written chamber works, concert pieces and songs, many of which are available for purchase through the Australian Music Centre in Sydney, Australia. His recent piano piece The drumfire was incessant, and continued all night with unabated fury, commissioned and premiered by Zubin Kanga in 2012, was nominated for Performance of the Year at the 2013 AMC/APRA Art Music Awards.
Andrew directs and plays piano in The Andrew Harrison Trio, which is a vehicle for his compositions, and composes and plays keyboards with Shol. He has performed at venues and festivals throughout Australia and the United States with these groups, as well as with other ensembles such as Adrian Sherriff's Wuru Wuru, SPAK and Spot The Phantom Dog.
Andrew worked as music assistant to Australian film composer Paul Grabowsky on his opera Love in the Age of Therapy, produced by Opera Australia, and The Streets of Hiralya, commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has contributed articles on Australian jazz to the second edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, published by Oxford University Press in 2003. Andrew has taught in the History Department at the University of Melbourne, and was a guest lecturer in Jazz Composition at Monash University, Melbourne. He currently teaches Music Technology and Composition at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in Melbourne, Victoria.
Andrew completed a Masters Degree in Composition with Professor Larry Sitsky at the Australian National University School of Music in 1999, and has studied composition and jazz performance with composer Anthony Davis and trombonist George Lewis at UCSD in San Diego, California. In 2013, he commenced a PhD in Music Composition at the Australian National University, working again with Larry Sitsky, and historian Professor Paul Pickering.
He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two sons.