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About Andy Brick

COMPOSER:     Andy Brick is a prolific composer, conductor and symphonist of music for such popular video game titles as Sim City, Stranglehold, Sims 2, Arc The Lad , KidPix Deluxe, and the Kingdom Series. He has conducted and orchestrated both live concert and recorded soundtracks for Super Mario Bros., Halo , Final Fantasy, Portal 2, Mafia 2, and the Civilization V Series of games.

Andy's scores have appeared in a number of animated feature and short films including Little Mermaid II, The Lady and The Tramp II, and the Academy Award nominated Runaway. In 2007 Andy was commissioned by Walt Disney to compose and conduct music for Sinbad's Storybook Adventure. In 2008 Disney/ABC Television again commissioned Andy to write new music for ABC's legendary Schoolhouse Rock series.  His Tone Poem The Story of The Red Rose was used in its entirety on the film of the same name and earned him best original score for the film which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2011 his score for the independent film SHIFT helped that film earn the highest of artistic accolades when it was acquired as part of the permanent film exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami.

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CONCERT MUSIC:    In October 2004 Andy received his first orchestral concert commission. The resulting work entitled “Gygrans Song” was performed live by the Moravian Philharmonic. In June 2005 Andy won the prestigious “Masterworks of the New Era” award for his concert composition “Hungarian Overture”. The work was recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic and released on the ERM label and distributed in all major retail outlets throughout the US and Europe. In 2010 Andy was invited to compose and arrange a concert of brand new string quartets for the Peter de Grote festival in Holland and in 2014 Andy completed work on his first symphony.

CONDUCTOR:   In 2003 Brick set a historic milestone conducting the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in the world's first Symphonic Game Music concert at the Gewandaus, Leipzig Germany to a sol d out audience. Andy wrote the fanfare to this historic concert event that featured his music for Merregnon II. He served as the principle conductor and music director of the ensuing concert series leading repeatedly sold out performances from 2003-2008. In 2009 Andy Brick was appointed Principal Conductor and Music Director of the highly celebrated "Play! A Video Game Symphony" As a champion of symphonic game music, Brick has conducted over 110 games soundtracks with orchestras including The Seattle Symphony, The National Symphony of the United States, The Czech National Symphony, The North Carolina Symphony, The Vancouver Symphony, The Calgary Philharmonic, The Omaha Symphony and others. In Print, Andy has been the featured composer in the New York Times article "A Composer Gives Video Games a Musical Life" and was the featured "Songwriter" in Billboard Magazine's article "Brick Brings Videogame Scores to Life with Orchestra" Prior to his U.S. conducting debut, Andy was selected as the featured conductor in the "Young, Gifted, and Engaged" issue of SYMPHONY Magazine.

Andy Brick is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied Composition with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Leslie Basset. Brick continued his studies in composition and theory at Mannes College of Music, New York and studied conducting privately with Maestro Paul Lustig Dunkel of the American Composers Orchestra and orchestration with famed Disney orchestrator Danny Troob. He currently serves as Distinguished Associate Professor of Music at Stevens Institute of Technology.