ANDREW COOK - Cellist Andrew Cook, cellist, has excited audiences as a soloist and ensemble artist both in the United States and abroad. Mr. Cook received his bachelorâ€™s degree from the Peabody Conservatory under Stephen Kates and in 1987 went to study with Lynn Harrell as a scholarship student at the University of Southern California. Concert appearances have taken Mr. Cook throughout the United States, Mexico, France, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Central Asia and Egypt. As a member of the Peabody Honor String Quartet, Mr. Cook performed live broadcasts for National Public Radio and Radio France, a command performance for Princess Grace of Monaco, and a performance at the Palace of Versailles. In 1988, he joined the Valcoeur String Quartet who were artists-in-residence at the University of Arizona in Tuscon. In 1990, Mr. Cook represented the U.S. at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow. He has been a guest artist with the Ensemble of Santa Fe and the Lark String Quartet and has also been a guest at the Cerventino International Festival, Musica Da Camerata Festival, Grand Teton Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and San Miguel de Allende. Mr. Cook was a founding member of the Vista Trio which has performed worldwide and has released two recordings on the Vision Records label. He has released his own solo compact disc of beautiful short concert pieces for cello and piano entitled 'After a Dream'. Mr. Cook was recently a featured actor in an independent film entitled ' Pure' where he plays a cellist and cello teacher. He is also working on a DVD of J.S. Bach suites for solo cello with AIX and BMG. He has served on the faculties of Goucher College, Pepperdine University, and California State University Northridge. In addition to the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival he has been a faculty member of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Mr. Cook is also active in the recording, television and motion picture studios working on music scores for countless films. He is in great demand not only as performer but also as a teacher, lecturer and educator. 'Andrew Cook is a superb cellist, a wonderful ensemble player and a fine musician. I recommend him as one of the best young cellist today.' Stephen Kates, Cellist, String Department Chair Peabody Conservatory ' ... a strong soloistic player with a full immediate sound and important musical voice.' David Geber, Cellist - American String Quartet '.... a serious musician with ample technique and an engaging musical personality ....' Ron Leonard, Principal Cellist - Los Angeles Philharmonic 'Andrew Cook delivered the fire and left the audience spellbound.' Mid City News - Los Angeles '[Cook]...made the phrases sing with unabashed emotion. He made the virtuosic passages look easy, sound rich, precise and regal.' The Daily News - Tucson.