Since his debut at the age of eighteen, Colin Andrews has been recognized as a musician of great versatility, power, and artistry. Born in Bristol, England, Andrews initially studied with Garth Benson of St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol. At sixteen, he entered London's Royal Academy of Music for four years of organ and piano study under principal Professors Douglas Hawkridge and Margaret McDonald. He later moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where he was a student of Professor Lionel Rogg at the Conservatoire de Musique. Following his return to Britain, he studied privately for two years with Dame Gillian Weir.
Colin Andrews has been the recipient of many awards, most notably, he was a prizewinner at both the 1980 and 1982 Dublin International Organ Competitions in Ireland, and, in 1993, the Royal Academy of Music, London, bestowed an associateship upon him in recognition of his distinguished performing career.
Mr. Andrews has toured worldwide as a solo recitalist. He has appeared at many of the world's most prestigious venues, including Royal Festival Hall, London; King's College, Cambridge; Moscow Conservatoire (Bolshoi and Rachmaninov Halls), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Russia; the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris (three appearances); La Madeleine, St. Eustache, and La Trinité, Paris; national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Incorporated Association of Organists, UK, and New Zealand Association of Organists; Yale, Duke, and Stanford universities, USA; all of the major concert halls in Asia, including Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Hong Kong Cultural Center; Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts; Shanghai Oriental Arts Center; Dewan Philharmonic Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Sejong Cultural Center, Seoul, South Korea; Esplanade Theatres on-the-Bay, Singapore; Chiang-Kai Shek National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan; Sydney Town Hall, Australia; Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand; the Bamboo Organ Festival, Manila, Philippines, and leading halls, cathedrals, and churches in Thailand, South Korea, South America, Iceland, South Africa, and most of East and Western Europe, including trans-continental tours of Russia. In 2015, Colin Andrews gave the opening recital on the restored organ of the Yakaterinburg Philharmonic Hall in Siberia.
In addition to his recitals, Colin Andrews is an active teacher and lecturer, and has given presentations at, among other venues, the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest; Taiwan Theological College; Pipe Organ Encounters for the AGO; Oundle Summer School and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK; Emory University, Atlanta, GA; St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Russia, and the 1998 AGO National Convention.
He has recorded thirty broadcasts for the BBC in the UK and has appeared on local and national television in the USA ("The Hour of Power"), Russia, Poland, UK, Japan, and New Zealand. His fourteen commercial compact discs are available on the Gothic, Loft, Naxos, Priory, and Zig Zag labels and can also be found on YouTube, Apple Music, and Spotify.
Colin Andrews has served as a jury member for the international organ competitions at the University of Michigan and for both the 1995 and 1997 J.P. Sweelinck Competitions in Gdansk, Poland. Mr. Andrews was jury president and recitalist for the 2006 Felix Nowowiejski Organ Competition in Poznan, Poland. He has served as a national councilor and local president of the Incorporated Association of Organists, UK.
Among his church positions has been a twelve year tenure as Organist & Master of the Choristers at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Goldsboro, North Carolina. In 2004, he led the choir from this parish on a concert tour of British Cathedrals; his choir has also sung the office of Evensong at Washington National Cathedral.
During the 2000–2001 academic year, Mr. Andrews was visiting lecturer in organ and sacred music at East Carolina University. In the fall of 2005, he joined the faculty there teaching applied organ and associated courses. During the 2008–2009 academic year, Andrews was interim director of the organ and sacred music programs at East Carolina University, fulfilling all teaching and administrative activities in the discipline. Colin Andrews's students have distinguished themselves at the national and international levels of the organ competition circuit and have been accepted at all of the major institutions in the U.S., many hold prestigious academic and church positions. During his twenty year tenure in North Carolina, Mr. Andrews served as an organ consultant for seventeen different projects in North Carolina and Virginia.
In 2009, Colin Andrews joined the organ faculty at Indiana University, where he taught applied organ, Organ Pedagogy, and History of Sacred Music and Worship until the spring of 2015. During his time at Indiana University, Colin Andrews led an initiative to start online courses in organ and sacred music. He currently serves as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Franklin, Indiana.
Colin Andrews is one of only four organists in the world to have recorded the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen. In 2012, Mr. Andrews was named a "Membre d'Honneur" of the Association Grand Orgue Trinité Messiaen based at the composer's church, l'Eglise de la Sainte Trinité in Paris, where Messiaen served for sixty-one years. Mr. Andrews's recording of Messiaen's l'Ascension and Messe de la Pentecôte was voted into the top ten sacred music recordings for 2012 by Christianity Today.
Between 2017 and 2019, Colin Andrews gave one hundred-and-thirty-six concerts across the globe in Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Germany, France (third appearance at Notre-Dame de Paris, June 2017), UK, and USA, including complete performances of Messiaen's Livre du Saint Sacrement at Stavanger Konserthus, Norway, as part of a marathon performance of the complete works, and, at King's College, Cambridge, UK.
Colin Andrews is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative, https://www.concertartistcooperative.com/