"Andrew Schneider plays like Liszt" 

- Houston Press

"Schneider delivered a crisp performance"

Arts and Culture Texas

BIOGRAPHY

A native of Houston, ANDREW SCHNEIDER is a pianist and vocal coach whose virtuosic technique and interpretative daring has cemented his reputation among clients as a fearless musician. His extensive collaborative activity encompasses early music, standard operatic and art song repertoire, as well as contemporary music. Proficient in Italian, German, French, Latin - and especially adept in less frequently encountered languages, such as Russian - Andrew enjoys using his considerable linguistic skill to help make challenging texts accessible to his clients. Andrew’s wide ranging musical activities also includes harpsichord and organ performance, composition, and conducting.

    Andrew holds a B.Mus., summa cum laude, in music composition from Rice University, and in 2009, was a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition. Since 2012, Andrew has been regularly employed as a church organist around Houston; he has also functioned as a staff accompanist at Lone Star College Kingwood and Houston Community College since 2014. Andrew has frequently played harpsichord continuo, including for Mercury Houston and for period-instrument chamber ensemble La Speranza, as well as with the Lawson Ensemble in Jacksonville, Florida, for performances of Handel’s Messiah and Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers under Cara Tasher. Other ensembles have included the San Antonio Symphony, the Kingwood Chorale, and the Woodlands Chorale. He has also played piano for several chamber and vocal performances with the Texas New Music Ensemble, including in touring performances at SFA University, Nacogdoches.
    

For Mercury Houston, a period instrument ensemble, Andrew regularly plays harpsichord continuo, and has participated in several performances for the Houston Early Music Festival. As a continuo player,  Andrew has also played Handel’s Messiah with the San Antonio Symphony and the Kingwood Chorale, as well as Haydn’s Creation with the Woodlands Chorale.

More recent highlights have included a summer 2021 concert of Polish vocal and piano music sponsored by the Consulate of the Republic of Poland, Houston, and the kickoff concert of the French Cultures Festival sponsored by the Consulate of the French Republic, Houston.


In the field of opera, Andrew has served as music director for a production of Sweeney Todd and has coached Ariadne auf Naxos for the Kingwood Summer Opera. Andrew has also served as music director for Lone Star Lyric Theatre's production of Victor Herbert's Madeleine, and rehearsal pianist for the Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Society's production of A Topsy Turvy Mikado. Other operas Andrew has coached include Rita, L’heure espagnole, L’italiana in Algeri, and La scala di seta and Zanetto for Operativo Houston, as well as Hansel and Gretel. For a 2016 Pittsburgh production, Andrew also coached the leading role in Die schweigsame Frau. Recently, Andrew has worked with HGOco, Houston Grand Opera's community outreach initiative, to assist in coaching singers for performances of Kamala Sankaram's Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers, Mary Carol Warwick's Cinderella in Spain and Donizetti's The Elixir of Love.    


In his spare moments, Andrew enjoys history, literature, linguistics, cartography, and mystery novels, all interests upon which he is apt to draw for his renowned store of indelible anecdotes.

 
 
 

EVENTS

BACH AT THE CLARION

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 7:30 PM

The Clarion

Lake Jackson, Texas

Performance with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra

POLISH SONG CONCERT

June 5, 2021, 6:00 PM

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

Houston, Texas

Matilda Smolij, mezzosoprano | Andrew Schneider, piano

Concert of art songs and solo piano music by Chopin, Bacewicz, Karłowicz, Paderewski, and Moniuszko


Sponsored by the Polish Consulate of Houston

Live Stream Available HERE

PIETRO MASCAGNI: ZANETTO

Friday, November 5,  2021, 7:30 PM

Garza Studios 

Houston, Texas

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 7:30 PM

Garza Studios 

Houston, Texas


Performances with Operativo Houston

A COLE PORTER VALENTINE’S SOIRÉE WITH PIANIST ANDREW SCHNEIDER

Monday, February 14, 2022, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fratelli's Ristorante

Houston, Texas

With Shannon Zamora

2022 FRENCH CULTURES FESTIVAL KICK-OFF CONCERT: 
RECITAL OF FRENCH-LANGUAGE SONG 
WITH THEODORA COTTAREL, SOPRANO

Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 6:00 PM

University of Houston, Dudley Recital Hall, Moores School of Music

Houston, Texas 


Works by Debussy, Fauré, Satie, Saint-Saëns, Graciane Finzi, Carmen Brouard, and Peter Benoit.


Part of the French Cultures Festival, in conjunction with the Blaffer Art Museum's exhibition, Noctambules, the work of Caroline Mesquita.


Under the auspices of the Consulate General of France in Houston.

REFRESH: THE JOY OF THE CLASSICAL ARTS
A CONCERT PRESENTED BY CITY CHURCH ARTS ALLIANCE

March 23, 2022, 7:00 PM

Match | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

Houston, Texas

Featuring Andrew Schneider, Sarah Langbein Lee, and Zachary Barba
in Benjamin Britten's Canticle II, Op. 51: "Abraham and Isaac"

More Information HERE

WORLD PREMIERE OPERA COMMISSION

"HAPPY ENDINGS"

Friday, June 24, 2022, 8:00 PM

Saturday, June 25, 2022, 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 26, 2022, 5:00 PM

Match | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

Houston, Texas

Lone Star Lyric presents, "Happy Endings" - a Ludicrous Singspiel in One Scene by Kelli Estes and Andrew Schneider

HOUSTON GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY
- HMS PINAFORE -

Saturday, July 23, 2022, 8:00 PM 

Sunday July 24, 2022, 2:30 PM 

Saturday July 30, 8:00 PM

Sunday July 31, 2:30 PM


Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Houston, Texas