Andrew Batterham is a Melbourne based composer, arranger, performer and songwriter.
He is active across many musical fields including classical concert hall music, jazz, corporate music, big bands, Latin bands, TV, educational music and community ensembles. His music has been performed, recorded and broadcast in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA, by artists ranging from jazz legend James Morrison to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
After studying composition with Brenton Broadstock, Andrew worked as a trumpet player and pianist in the commercial scene for many years. Upon winning the Qantas Youth Award of the Paul Lowin Prize, he travelled to New York to study with Broadway arranger and musician Ian Finkel, and to London for lessons with John McCabe. He has also won the Corbould Composition Prize, commended for the Albert Maggs Award, and won awards for his songs from the National Songwriting Contest.
Classical composition has gone hand in hand with brass band music, with many commissions and performances across Australia. Andrew’s solo works have also been set as test pieces for brass band championships. Educational music has also featured with many schools and organizations widely disseminating Andrew’s music.
Recent commissions include Organica for Ensemble Three’s tour of China and an Australia Council grant to compose a piano sonata for Melbourne performer Natasha Lin. Andrew is currently at work on a piece for solo tuba and wind band, to be premiered by Sérgio Carolino and the Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa in late 2014.