Andrew Francois – Viola
Hailing from Kankakee, IL, Andrew Francois is a third year viola fellow with the New World Symphony Orchestra. He began his musical studies at the age of 10 on violin in his school’s string program.
As a chamber musician and soloist, Mr. Francois has given recitals throughout the United States and Europe, as well as performing with such esteemed artists as, Joshua Bell, Alexander Kerr, Jorja Fleezanis, Eric Kim, and Stephen Wyrczynski. As an avid orchestral player, Mr. Francois has played with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, and the USA International Harp Competition orchestra, among others.
Mr. Francois has received Artistic Excellence Fellowships from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as well Illinois State University. Mr. Francois enjoys teaching and community outreach, and has traveled to Medellin, Colombia to teach Masterclasses and Lessons at the local schools and college programs. While an undergraduate student, he was a Teaching assistant and private instructor at Illinois State University in their String Project program. As a graduate of the Jacobs School of music, studying under string department chair Stephen Wyrczynski, Mr. Francois held the title of Graduate and Teaching Assistant for the string department, as well as sat on the board of the Jacobs School of Music as a Graduate representative.