Andrew Wicks is a composer and percussionist from Newcastle Australia.
Andrew moved to Newcastle in 2009 to begin studying percussion at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music under percussionist Steve Morton. In this time Andrew was involved in the performance of new and revisited works in multiple ensembles, with highlights being the Australian premieres of works for wind orchestra by Johan De Meij and principal percussionist for the Australian premiere of John Psatha’s marimba concerto Djinn with Australian percussionist David Lockeridge.
Andrew has been associate principal percussionist with the Newcastle University Wind Orchestra since 2009, a position he will continue to hold in 2012. Andrew has come under the wing of mentorship with Australian percussionist David Lockeridge since 2010, with Andrew being involved in his first tour with David’s concert Metal, Wood and Skin throughout NSW. Andrew completed his Bachelor of Music in 2011 with excellent results. He will continue to tour with David Lockeridge throughout 2012 performing Fabien Theory by Nigel Westlake, as well as composing works for David Lockeridge’s 2012 concert series.
Andrew grew up on the central coast and was involved with percussion ensembles in Gorokan. During his time at Gorokan High School, Andrew had leading roles of the percussion Ensemble ‘Rim Fire’ performing popular percussion works alongside Director Jason Foy and Aaron Trew, also head percussionist for Gorokan High Band under guidance of Conductor John Hibbard. The orchestra and percussion ensemble toured the Australian outback during early 2004 visiting small Aboriginal communities and towns.
Andrews’s career is only beggining with his interest in composing for percussion and multiple medias such as film, National Music Academy is delighted to be a part of his journey. Andrew explores new and interesting music ideas in his composing styles, something that is also unique in his performance ideas. Andrew is a highly energetic composer who is starting to make his impact on the wider Australian music scene.