Flutist Sara Andon is an international soloist and recording artist known for her ravishing tone and deeply engaging musical interpretations. A versatile performer in many music genres, including solo, chamber, symphonic, opera, ballet, new music, jazz and Broadway, she has performed all over the world in major concert venues, TV and radio broadcasts, as well as on many documentaries, motion picture and video game soundtracks, and for Disney.
Ms. Andon has performed with several American and international orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Orqestra Sinfonica de Tenerife; Macau Orchestra in China; Transatlantyk International Film Music Festival in Poznan, Poland; Pasadena Symphony; Tulsa Opera; New West Symphony; Los Angeles Master Chorale; California Philharmonic; Pasadena Pops; New Haven Symphony; Orchestra New England; San Francisco Western Opera Theater; Miami City Ballet Touring Orchestra; and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She has worked with such world-renowned conductors as Kurt Masur, David Zinman, John Mauceri, Jorge Mester, Jeffrey Kahane, Diego Navarro, Lu Jia, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Ms. Andon has also performed with the orchestras for many Broadway musicals including Les Misérables, Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, and Wicked (L.A. Company).
Her countless film score recordings include Marco Beltrami’s “The Wolverine”, “Die Hard 5: A Good Day To Die Hard”, “Trouble With The Curve”, “The Thing”, Joseph Trapanese’s “Echo”, Joseph Bishara’s “The Conjuring,” Rolfe Kent’s “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”, Lalo Schifrin’s “Rush Hour 3”, James Newton Howard’s “The Bourne Legacy”, Aaron Zigman’s “Sex and the City 2”, Daft Punk’s “Tron”, and the acclaimed documentary “No Place On Earth.” Her recent recording work for video games includes the Grammy-nominated blockbuster game Journey, along with World Of Warcraft, Star Craft II, WildStar, X-COM, and League of Legends. She also records for many Disney projects, including the new show Mickey's Magical Map at Disneyland. Andon also took part in composer Christopher Lennertz’s fund-raising recording and concert Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Andon has performed throughout the United States, Italy, France, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Tenerife, Greece, and China, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall (NYC), St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Auditorio de Tenerife, CBS Sunday Morning, Universal Amphitheater, Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.
Since February of 2013, Ms. Andon has had the prestigious honor of being the chosen soloist for live concerts celebrating the 35th anniversary of the world’s largest movie soundtrack label, Varèse Sarabande. She has been the featured soloist with the Macau Orchestra in China, the Golden State Pops Orchestra in Los Angeles, the Orqestra Sinfonica de Tenerife, and the Big Band de Canarias, both part of the International Film Music Festival, FIMUCITE in the Canary Islands, and in Poznan, Poland, part of the Transtlantyk Film and Film Music Festival. For these full orchestra concerts, she is performing classic film literature that feature the flute prominently, either directly from the original recording sessions or from brand-new arrangements created specifically for Ms. Andon for these historic concerts. The concerts include music of award-winning composers and arrangers such as Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Lee Holdridge, Austin Wintory, Randy Edelman, and Georges Delerue, from great film scores such as “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” “A Little Romance,” “Ghost Busters,” “Breakfast at Tiffany's” (“Moon River”), and The Love Theme from “Spartacus.” On December 21, she will again be a featured soloist on another Varèse Sarabande Record Label Gala Concert with the Golden State Pops Orchestra in Los Angeles, premiering brand new repertoire with arrangers to be announced. (www.gspo.com)
She has also been a featured soloist at numerous American music festivals, including the Ojai Music Festival (CA), Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (CT), Grand Teton Music Festival (WY), Music at Penn’s Woods (PA), Sunriver Music Festival (OR), and the Los Angeles Bach Festival. Other solo performances include “Sundays Live at Six” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, most recently with Sarah Jackson, flutist and piccoloist with the L.A. Philharmonic, and Barry Gold, cellist with the L.A. Philharmonic, on an all-Haydn program; and on the “Jacaranda — Music At The Edge Series” in Santa Monica. Ms. Andon was invited to perform the Double Flute Concerto by Steven Stucky (Pulitzer-Prize winning composer, New Music Consultant for the L.A. Philharmonic, and composer-in-residence with the London Philharmonia Orchestra) with world-renowned flutist Ransom Wilson at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. She has also performed various concerti by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Griffes, Arnold, and the Mozart Concerto in D Major, K. 314 with her own original cadenzas.
In addition to many motion picture soundtracks, she can be heard on several chamber/solo recordings, including solo flute on a new Placido Domingo CD (Lee Holdridge, arranger); J.S. Bach Complete Trios Sonatas; Mozart Duos for Two Flutes, op.75 (1-6); W.F. Bach: Complete Sonatas for Two Flutes (Cantilena Records) with Laurel Zucker, flutist; Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire (Centaur Records); and a new flute concerto by LA composer Bevan Manson with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra. She has also recorded for Kelly Clarkson, Daft Punk and R.E.M.
Ms. Andon received her post-graduate Artist Diploma from Yale University studying with Ransom Wilson and her Master of Music in Flute Performance at USC studying with Janet Ferguson and Jim Walker, both former principal flutists of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Her earliest flute studies were with the acclaimed flutist/piccoloist Candice Palmberg. Other masterclasses include: Jeffrey Khaner, William Bennett, Paula Robison, Judith Mendenhall, Walfried Kujala, Jeanne Baxtresser, Mindy Kaufman, Mark Sparks, Marina Puccinini, and Julius Baker.
In addition to being a member of the elite faculty at the University of Redlands School of Music and Principal/Solo Flutist with the Redlands Symphony, she is also the flute instructor at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, an international high school of the performing arts. She is the solo flutist with the newly-formed contemporary music ensemble “Brightwork,” composed of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, and also newly-formed video game music tribute band “Critical Hit.” She is the Woodwind Coordinator for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Young Composers Fellowship Program (mentors: Steven Stucky, John Adams, James Matheson, and A.J. McCaffrey).