Andris began playing the bass in the third grade – a decision evolved from his infinite eight-year-old wisdom that the instrument which is largest and plays the lowest notes is obviously the best. Nineteen years later, it is clear that young Andris was enlightened beyond his years, as the bass, with all objectivity and certainty, is indisputably the greatest instrument of them all.
Andris began private studies in middle school under the tutelage of Peter Paulsen. Around the same time, he also took up the guitar (or “mini bass with two more strings” – so vastly inferior that one must play several notes at once to make it interesting). Despite its shortcomings, the guitar grew on Andris and significantly aided in his understanding of chord structure and other music styles. This naturally led to Andris also picking up the electric bass (or “cheater bass” – shrink, turn sideways, and add frets so you can’t screw up). To this day, he plays all of the above to fulfill all of his musical affections: from Bach (why are there no famous composers whose surnames start with “A”?) to Zeppelin.
In college, Andris served three years as the principal bassist of the Princeton University Orchestra and studied with Ranaan Meyer. After graduating, he helped co-found the Salome Chamber Orchestra (along with other Highliners), and still serves on its board of directors. Since then, he has also started his own online business providing valuable bass content and selling bass accessories on BassThings.com. Andris joined the Highline Chamber Ensemble because of his friendship with its members, its broad musical approach and taste, and also because he strongly believes in their vision that a chamber group can be managed and modernized for the enjoyment of today’s audiences. He hopes to contribute and share his passion as much as possible both with his colleagues as well as with all those who come to listen, dance, and maybe enjoy a beer or four.