Andrew Batterham was born in Melbourne, Australia, and studied composition at the Conservatorium of Music there. Since then, he has worked across many musical fields. Classically trained but experienced in the commercial and contemporary music industries, Andrew's original music is an exciting blend of all of these. Some composers gain experience through an eclectic range of music to earn a living, and Andrew really enjoys this. His screen and corporate work includes short film scores, TV commercials, hundreds of live arrangements, and music for corporate events. Several playlists and podcasts use his music too, and his songs have been included in the soundtrack to channel ATV10’s Extreme Sport program. As a performer, he has played trumpet and keyboard in big bands, Latin bands, cover bands, and orchestras. Currently he writes and performs with an originals funk outfit called Speakeasy, along with a great vocalist and some other funky fellows. Check out the Speakeasy sound:
Andrew’s Classical activities include commissions from the Melbourne Symphony, participation in the Australian Composer’s Orchestral Forum with the Tasmanian Symphony, commissions from many other artists and ensembles, and residencies with the Sydney International Brass Festival and Gravissimo Festival in Portugal, where his music was also featured as part of the São João Festival in 2015. After being awarded the Qantas Youth Award of the Paul Lowin Prize, he travelled to New York to study with Broadway arranger Ian Finkel, and London with John McCabe. Other prizes and awards include the inaugural Corbould Composition Prize, the Harvey Phillips Award for brass composition, commendations for his songs in the National Songwriting Contest, and a commendation for the Albert H. Maggs Award.
Andrew’s educational music is included in the HSC, VCE, and AMEB syllabi. His brass band music has been performed and recorded in Australia and the UK, with many works have also being included as test pieces in brass band competitions in Australia and New Zealand. Andrew’s music is published in Australia, the USA, and the UK, and has been recorded and broadcast by many diverse artists and groups. ‘Dr Andrew’ recently returned to school to complete a PhD in Composition, supervised by Professor Stuart Greenbaum at the University of Melbourne. He is currently Program Leader for Academic Support at the Melbourne campus of the Australian Institute of Music.