"Andrew Schneider plays like Liszt"
- Houston Press
"Schneider delivered a crisp performance"
- Arts and Culture Texas
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.
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.
Book & Lyrics by Kelli Estes
Music by Andrew Schneider
A singspiel in one act with lots of little scenes.
Marcello has given up painting, dabbled in music and philosophy and now has written a book. When his publisher, Ricordi thinks that it's too much of a downer. Naturally, the temperamental Marcello fights back because he “is an artist.” Margaret, after years of being Ricordi's "coffee-fetching courtesan" tries hitching herself to the next talent that walks in the door.
Available to rent from Lone Star Lyric
A COLE PORTER VALENTINE’S SOIRÉE WITH PIANIST ANDREW SCHNEIDER
Monday, February 14, 2022, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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
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
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
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
Lone Star Lyric presents, "Happy Endings" - a Ludicrous Singspiel in One Scene by Kelli Estes and Andrew Schneider
PERFORMANCES WITH HOUSTON GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY
- HMS PINAFORE -
Saturday, July 23, 2022, 8:00 PM
Sunday, July 24, 2022, 2:30 PM
Saturday, July 30, 2022, 8:00 PM
Sunday, July 31, 2002, 2:30 PM
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Video Available HERE
ZELDA PRESENTS: MENDELSSOHN & SCHNEIDER
Saturday, September 3, 2022, 7:00 PM
Garza Studios, Room 5
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49
Andrew Schneider: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 13
Andrew Schneider, piano
Zelda Gray, violin
Kevin Hwang, violin
Merit Rogge, viola
Vyacheslav Dobrushkin, cello
POLISH MUSIC CONCERT
November 10, 2022, 6:30 PM
University of St.Thomas, Cullen Hall
Dominika Dancewicz, violin
Matilda Smolij, mezzosoprano
Presented by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland
TEXAS NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE
FEATURING ANDREW SCHNEIDER’S LES EXUBÉRANTS, OP.11
Thursday, March 23, 2023, 7:00 PM (with open rehearsal March 22, 2023 from 5-9 PM)
Reserve Seats HERE