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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, major motion picture and video game soundtracks, and for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
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; Golden State Pops Orchestra; Southeast Symphony; 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, Anthony Parnther, Ransom Wilson 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).
Ms. Andon records frequently with the Hollywood Studio Orchestras and her countless film score recordings include such blockbusters as Disney's The Jungle Book (2016), Ice Age: Collision Course, Furious _7 & 8, _The Wolverine, Tron, Straight Outta Compton, Fences, Rush Hour 3, X-Men: Apocalypse working with composers such as Marco Beltrami, Lalo Schifrin, Brian Tyler, John Debney, John Powell, Rolfe Kent, Christopher Young, John Ottman, Austin Wintory, Mark Isham and Jeff Beal. Andon’s most recent recording work includes Solo Flute on Benjamin Wallfisch’s blockbuster IT, and Jeff Russo’s Star Trek Discovery and Umbrella Academy, as well as being heard on the Bruce Broughton and John Debney episodes of Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville.
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 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 to the present, Ms. Andon has the prestigious honor of being the chosen soloist for live concerts celebrating the 35th anniversary and beyond of the world’s largest movie soundtrack label, Varèse Sarabande. She has been the featured soloist with the Macau Orchestra in China, Golden State Pops Orchestra in Los Angeles, Beethoven Academy Orchestra and Sinfonia Cracovia in Poland, 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, often with brand-new arrangements created specifically for Ms. Andon for these historic concerts. The concerts include music from such legendary composers and arrangers such as Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, John Corigliano, John Barry, Georges Delerue, Lee Holdridge, William Ross, Conrad Pope, Austin Wintory and Randy Edelman, 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”.
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, 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 the late 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. Some recent chamber concerts include a duet recital with Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist Simone Pedroni, both in Milan, Italy and at Steinway Recital Hall in Beverly Hills, and also at Steinway, she performed an all-Lalo Schifrin program with French pianist Jean-Michel Bernard.
In addition to these classical performances, Ms. Andon is also often invited to perform as a featured jazz soloist and she has recently performed with the Eastman All-Stars Big Band at the Rochester International Jazz Festival (NY), and the Lalo Schifrin’s 85th Birthday Gala here in Los Angeles with conductor Chris Walden.
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. She also has a new album coming out soon of all-Ennio Morricone music for flute and piano with Italian pianist mentioned above, Simone Pedroni which features several of Morricone’s beautiful iconic film scores transcribed for flute and piano.
Ms. Andon received her post-graduate Artist Diploma from Yale University studying with renowned international flute soloist Ransom Wilson and her Master of Music in Flute Performance at USC studying with Janet Ferguson, former Principal flutist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and weekly master classes there with Jim Walker and Anne Diener Giles Zentner. Her undergraduate studies were with the acclaimed flutist/piccoloist Candice Palmberg. Other master classes 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 Artist Teacher at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, an international high school of the performing arts. She is the solo flutist with the Los Angeles contemporary music ensemble “Brightwork,” composed of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, and also newly-formed video game music tribute band “Critical Hit.”
Andon continues championing new works and new arrangements for flute with these recent premieres ofr solo flute and orchestra: a new suite from the live action Beauty and the Beast, arranged by Michael Kosarin at the 2017 Krakow Film Music in front of an audience of 15,000 people and at Royce Hall in Los Angeles. And also at the Krakow Film Music Festival, in 2018, she premiered Austin Wintory’s Ballet of Blades from Assassins Creed Syndicate in the same arena with conductor Ludwig Wicki.
In November of 2018 she will make her debut performance as a soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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