Andrew Rumsey (b.1988) is a Masters graduate of the Australian National University School of Music, where he studied piano performance under John Luxton, Marcela Fiorillo, Geoffrey Lancaster and Arnan Wiesel. During his studies at the ANU, Andrew has appeared on the local, national and international stage.
He has a busy and varied concert schedule, performing as a soloist and collaborative artist in Canberra, Sydney and the Southern Highlands. Internationally, Andrew has given recitals in China, Israel and Italy and has competed in solo and ensemble, local, national and international piano competitions. At the School of Music, he completed his Bachelor of Music degree with First-Class Honours in 2011 and his Masters of Music degree with Distinction in July 2013.
During his time at the university, he was a prizewinner in the Margaret Smiles Accompaniment Competition and the School of Music Chamber Music Competition. He was awarded the Imad Nassir Piano Performance Prize, the Dennis Griffin National Masters Piano Scholarship and was made a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society. In 2010, Andrew performed at the Australian Pavilion at the World Trade Expo in Shanghai as part of the ‘Rising Stars’ program.
He has appeared in various prominent musical festivals such as the Canberra International Music Festival, the Floriade Rhythm n’ Blooms Festival and the Moruya Jazz Festival. Various fundraising concerts that Andrew has organised and performed in have raised tens-of-thousands of dollars for various charities or non-profit organisations. The ‘Music for Queensland’ concert raised $10,830 towards the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal after the devastating floods of 2011. This same year Andrew performed on ABC666 radio, performed in the Canberra International Music Festival and gave his orchestral soloist debut with the Mosman Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto.
In early 2012, Andrew organised and performed in the ‘Support Our School’ concert – an initiative to showcase the talent of the staff and students of the School of Music. It was officially one of the largest events the School of Music has ever hosted. In August 2012 he represented Australia in the prestigious Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses in Israel. During this time he studied with Professor Asaf Zohar and gave performances at the Evens Hall at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He was also the first Australian to compete in the 2012 Giovanni Colafemmina International Piano Competition in Bari, Italy. After this competition, he traveled to Florence to perform and study under Francesco Romano at the Accademia Europea di Firenze.
In 2013, Andrew was awarded the ANU Transition to Work Award, and traveled back to Israel with piano duo partner Joshua Creek. Together they studied four-hands and two-piano works under internationally renowned piano duo, Yuval Admony and Tammy Kanazawa. Andrew and Joshua were given the honour of performing in the final 2013 Tel-Hai Concert at Ben Gurion University.
In 2014 Andrew relocated to Sydney to become the Piano Business Development Manager at Theme & Variations Piano Services, where he works with a dedicated team of piano technicians. In 2015 he began teaching at Methodist Ladies College, Burwood, and is currently the coordinator of the Piano Duo Program. In 2015 he performed alongside Timothy Young, Clemens Leske, Gabriella Pusner and Evgeny Ukhanov.