Dr Andrew Filmer has penned articles in the Journal of the American Viola Society, Australia’s String Praxis, British journal Arco, and Crescendo in New Zealand; he also has editions published in the UK and the US. Andrew holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Otago, a Master of Music degree in viola performance and two Leadership Recognition Awards from Indiana University, and prizes from the American Viola Society and the Lilburn Trust.
Andrew’s research thus far has explored the application of alternative tunings or scordatura, and the design of variations in articulation markings in Bach and Mozart. His first critical edition was published in December 2013 – that of Telemann’s Concerto for Two Violettas, co-authored with David Bynog. This publication also examined the now defunct violetta and its implications for modern performance. Andrew has presented research at International Viola Congresses in Germany and Poland, and in institutions and conferences in Manchester, Sydney, Adelaide, Singapore, and across New Zealand. He began his academic career as the 1st prize winner of the David Dalton Viola Research Competition Competition in 2008, hosted by the Journal of the American Viola Society; six years later he is now the journal’s new Editor.
As a performer, Andrew has taken to the stage as violist in New Zealand, Germany and the UK, and as violist and conductor in Malaysia. Playing in orchestras has taken him to Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Thailand and Malaysia. He was previously on the teaching faculty of Mahidol University in Thailand for two years at the Music Campus for the General Public, was twice the viola tutor for the annual Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra, and a soloist with the Chulalongkorn University Viola Ensemble. A strong advocate of new music, Andrew performed with postmodern improvisation ensemble Plato and the Western Tradition in Indiana, and was a committee member for New Zealand’s SMP Ensemble. He also commissioned a work for his doctoral studies, and chronicled the process of collaboration with composer Karlo Margetić.
Andrew was fully sponsored as one of the ten recipients worldwide, across all disciplines, awarded a New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship by Education New Zealand in 2009. He is a talented public speaker with an undergraduate background in communications, evidenced by victories at the Three Minute Thesis Competition at Victoria University in 2010, and at the University of Otago in 2012. For the latter event, he emerged in the top eight of over 30 universities across the Australasian region – and the only finalist from New Zealand.
Outside of classical music, Andrew was a member of Wellington-based jazz band The Troubles, and was a performer on their debut album released by Rattle Records in 2012. He also performed with New Zealand country singer-songwriter Matt Langley. He currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Photography courtesy of Jonathan Yee.