Andy Scott (b. 16 June 1966, Bournemouth, Eng.) is a British composer, educator and saxophone player.
As a successful contemporary composer, Andy Scott integrates his composition work with his various performance projects and education activities. He works to commission, and is increasingly in demand to write for leading instrumentalists and ensembles on the world stage. Andy takes a collaborative approach to the development of a new piece, working closely with the performers and, in some cases, other creative artists to achieve a highly personal, tailored work. Self taught as a composer, Andy’s distinctive compositional voice speaks with a unique and effective mix of jazz, world music and contemporary classical elements.
Andy is composer in residence with Foden’s Band, whose first recording of his works A World Within won the British Bandsman CD of the Year in 2010. Having made an impression as a skilled writer for brass, the relationship with Foden’s has led to Andy’s works being featured on prizewinning recordings by Les Neish (tuba) and Glyn Williams (euphonium).
Andy Scott was one of 20 composers selected for a prestigious New Music Biennial commission, composing a new work for Foden’s Band, harpist Lauren Scott, soprano/narrator Anna-Clare Monk and four narrators drawn from Foden’s Youth Band. Andy Scott received a British Composer Award in 2006 for his double saxophone concerto Dark Rain.
Andy often has the opportunity to integrate composition and performance in his various ensembles. As Tenor Saxophonist and a founder member of the internationally acclaimed Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Andy composed several works specifically for the group. Andy also writes much of the material for his own large jazz ensemble SaxAssault, which has recorded three CDs and featured on BBC Radio 3 Jazz Notes.
Andy Scott has earned a reputation as a gifted educator, inspiring musicians young and old, musically experienced & less experienced, to open their ears and minds and absorb different styles of, and approaches to music. From learning about and discovering music itself, Andy then offers ideas regarding approaches to practice, practice structure and management and performance. With a lifelong passion for music and equally committed to composition, performance and education, Andy’s work as a teacher is influenced and enhanced by his wide-ranging music activities.
As a performer, Andy has made a huge contribution to raising the profile of the tenor saxophone as a contemporary classical instrument over the last 20 years. He formed the World Tenor Saxophone Consortium, released a solo CD My Mountain Top, featuring a number of world premiere recordings, directed a tenor saxophone strand in the World Saxophone Congress 2012 and initiated and performed with the Tenor Saxophone Collective, featured in the World Saxophone Congress 2015.
Works for Winds
- Concerto for Euphonium
- Dark Rain
- Deep Blue
- Freedom of Movement (2016)
- My Mountain Top (2001)