Born in Tasmania in 1966, Andre began playing the cello at thirteen. His first teacher was Ruth
Saffir and he also had a short period of lessons with Sela Trau.
Andre graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Tasmania in 1988, having been a student of Christian Wojtowicz. After receiving an Australia Council study grant he had lessons with Michel Strauss in Paris and Switzerland and then for a year joined Tobias Kühne’s cello class at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he also studied chamber music with Rudolph Leopold. In 2000 he was awarded his Masters in Music from the University of Queensland, having studied with Gwyn Roberts.
Andre has worked with a number of Australian orchestras, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as well as a number of modern music chamber groups, including Loops and Topology. He has been a member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 1990 and has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra as well as appearing frequently in the Orchestra’s Chamber Series. Andre has toured in Switzerland several times as a member of the Adelaide Cello Trio and has been a member of the Adina String Quartet since 2015. As a chamber musician Andre has also performed with Edicson Ruiz and Sergio Tiempo.
A career highlight is his performance with renowned bassist Edgar Meyer and violinist Brendan Joyce of Meyer’s Trio No. 3 for Violin, Cello and Bass in the 2015 Queensland Music Festival.