Since his debut at age eighteen, Colin Andrews has been recognized as a musician of great versatility, power and artistry. Born in Bristol, England, Andrews initially studied organ with Garth Benson of St. Mary Redcliffe Church. At sixteen, he entered London’s Royal Academy of Music for four years of organ and piano study under principal professors Douglas Hawkridge and Margaret McDonald. He later moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he was a student of Professor Lionel Rogg. Following his return to Britain he studied privately for two years with Dame Gillian Weir.
Colin Andrews has been the recipient of many awards; most notably, he was a prizewinner at both the 1980 and 1982 Dublin International Organ Competitions in Ireland, and, in 1993, The Royal Academy of Music, London, bestowed an Associateship upon him in recognition of his distinguished performing career.
Mr. Andrews has toured worldwide as a solo recitalist. He has appeared at a number of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Festival Hall, London; King’s College, Cambridge; Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Hong Kong Cultural Center; The Moscow Conservatoire; the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris; the National Conventions of the NZAO and the American Guild of Organists; Yale, Duke and Stanford Universities, plus leading halls and cathedrals in Taiwan, South America, Iceland, Finland, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa and most of Eastern and Western Europe. Future engagements include concert tours of Asia, Europe and numerous engagements in the US.
In addition to his recitals, Colin Andrews is an active teacher and lecturer, and has given presentations at, among other venues, the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest; Taiwan Theological College; Pipe Organ Encounter, Pittsburgh; Oundle Summer School for Young Organists, Oundle, UK; Emory University; and at the 1998 AGO National Convention. He has recorded 20 broadcasts for the BBC and has appeared on local and national television and radio in Russia, Poland, the UK, Japan and New Zealand. Commercial compact discs are available on the Priory, Zig Zag and Gothic/Loft labels.
Colin Andrews has served as a jury member for the International Organ Competition at the University of Michigan and for both the 1995 and 1997 J.P. Sweelinck Competitions, Gdansk, Poland. Mr. Andrews was also jury President/recitalist for the 2006 Felix Nowowiejski International Organ Competition in Poznan, Poland. He has served as a national councilor and local President of the I.A.O., UK and has served as Organist/Master of the Choristers at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Goldsboro, NC, USA, his country of residence. In the summer of 2004 he led that choir in its first international concert tour, conducting concerts in the cathedrals of Wells, Bristol and St. David’s, UK. During the 2000/2001 academic year Mr. Andrews was Visiting Lecturer in Organ and Sacred Music at East Carolina University. His students have distinguished themselves at the national and international levels of the competition circuit and have been accepted by all of the major organ programs in the US. In the fall of 2005, he joined the East Carolina faculty, teaching in the areas of Applied Organ and Organ Literature. During the 2008-2009 academic year, Andrews was Interim Director of Organ and Sacred Music Studies at East Carolina University. Since the autumn of 2009, Colin Andrews has been Adjunct Professor of Music at Indiana University; he is also Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Indiana. During his twenty year residency in North Carolina, Mr. Andrews served as an organ consultant for seventeen different projects in NC & VA.
Recently, Mr. Andrews was named “Membre d’Honneur” of the “Association Grand Orgue Trinite Messiaen” based at “l’Eglise de la Sainte Trinite” in Paris, where Messiaen was organist for 61 years. This honor is in recognition of Mr. Andrews’s work with Messiaen’s compositions for organ. Colin Andrews is one of only four organists in the world to have recorded the complete organ works of Messiaen (available on the Gothic/Loft label). In 2012, Mr. Andrews’s recording of “L’Ascension” & “Messe de la Pentecote” by Messiaen was listed among the top 10 recordings of the year in the category of sacred music by “Christianity Today”.