Skip to main content

Andrew Wan Fun Facts

Q: Where do you get your musical inspiration?
A: I'm loathe to admit this, but ever since I discovered my father's vast collection of records of the great violinists of previous generations, I've been a violin junkie.  This sort of (healthy!) obsession has carried on to this day, where I find myself lost on YouTube, watching many, many videos of fantastic musicians some nights.  Of course, being up close and personal with soloists and conductors at work gives me a lot of motivation and inspiration on a regular basis as well.  

Q: What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
A: I was a bit of a latecomer in terms of deciding that I wanted to pursue this path, which I suppose is a bit unusual.  I can't say that there was a catalytic event that drove me towards this career, but I haven't regretted it once since that decision was made in my late teens.  I'm incredibly privileged to have this decision reinforced week-in and week-out when I have the opportunity play music that I adore with colleagues that I respect.

Q: What are some current projects you are working on?
A:  My career is happily multi-faceted, so besides my main duties with the MSO, I derive a lot of pleasure from working with my students at McGill, touring and recording with the New Orford String Quartet, playing concerti from time-to-time, and making the rounds on the festival circuit during the summers.  I released my first live recording of the complete concerti of Camille Saint-Saëns with the MSO and Kent Nagano last year, so I am still recovering! 

Q: What drew you to the Colorado College Summer Music Festival?
A:  Scott Yoo, whom I am now lucky to consider a friend, recommended that I come.  I had the pleasure of performing with him the first time January 2015 at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, a festival he got me into six years ago.  I guess I owe him a dinner or two.

Q: What are you most excited for this upcoming festival season?
A: This being my first summer at the festival, I'm really excited to see what it's all about.  I love the educational element and it goes without saying, seeing the roster of faculty, I'm really looking forward to performing with old friends and meeting new ones.

- Andrew Wan 2016