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Andrew Robertson : Associate Artist

My compositions are predominantly written for specific events, recordings, performances or educational programs. As such, the style of composition may vary greatly in accordance to the specific requirements. My overall style is heavily jazz infuenced, but with an understanding and inclusion of many styles such as Orchestral, Commercial and Digital.

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Since graduating from the NSW Conservatorium of Music (Sydney) in 1991, Andrew Robertson has followed a career as a professional jazz musician, composer/arranger and jazz educator. As a woodwind specialist he has performed with such diverse artists as Michael Buble, Bobby Shew (US), Jim Pugh (Steely Dan), Wayne Bergeron (US), Rex Richardson (US), Lorna Luft (US), John Farnham, James Morrison, the Sydney All Star Big Band, Emma Pask, Tom Burlinson, Don Burrows and Broadway musicals such as The Producers, Crazy For You, Chicago, West Side Story, Dusty, Hugh Jackman's The Boy From Oz etc.

He has also recorded many jingles for television, and his playing is heard nightly on Australian/NZ television through ads for Toyota, Telstra, Suncorp, Landcruiser, Mortein, Riva Coffee, and many others.

Robertson is director of JozzBeat Music Publishing P/L, a print music publishing company which produces the highly regarded JozzBeat range of print music and education resources for the school market. This music is sold throughout Australia and New Zealand via a number of retailers, as well as internationally via the website. A number of his pieces are also published in the USA by Grand Mesa Music and Europe/World by de Haske Publishing.

Andrew Robertson is one of the busiest freelance commercial arrangers in Australia, having arranged for Australian Idol (03-07), Battle of The Choirs (Channel 7), the Sydney Opera House 30th Birthday Gala Concert, Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Eurovision Song Contest, television ads, Channel 9 (the 2006 Channel 9 theme song), and many others.

His arrangements appear on many of Australia's top artists' CDs, such as Natalie Gauci, Emma Pask, Carl Risely, Janet Seidel, Dan Barnett, Swingcity, Mark Rivett, Sydney All Star Big Band, MBF Accentuate The Positive, Wayne Cornell Jr., NSW Dept. of Education Secondary Schools Spectacular, and others.

Robertson is also heavily involved with music education and was director of the NSW Department of Education Performing Arts Unit Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble in 1997-2006. He also conducts workshops and lectures throughout Australia for primary and secondary music students and music teachers on improvisation in the classroom environment.

He has also been artist-in-residence at the James Cook University, lecturing on jazz improvisation, arranging and big band conducting. Andrew Robertson is also an International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) registered clinician. He regularly lectures on primary school music programs across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Biography provided by the composer — current to April 2009

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Gonna git sand 'tween y'toes : big band (1998) Commissioned by Rod Herbert for performance by Big Band in My Head.