Andrew Gretzinger is a violist, composer, and teacher currently in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. He has experience working in many aspects of viola performance including orchestral, opera, musical, film, and chamber music. Gretzinger is an active orchestral and chamber musician doing freelance work around South Carolina, West Michigan, and the Greater Boston Area including ensembles such as the Berklee Screen Scoring Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, Holland Symphony Orchestra, Aiken Civic Orchestra, and the Holland Symphony Orchestra. Gretzinger has participated in chamber programs such as the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, LyricaFest, and the Castleman Quartet Program. He has worked with members of the Parker Quartet, Bergonzi Quartet, and Lydian String Quartet as well as members of the Silk Road Ensemble including Layale Chaker and Maeve Gilchrist. Additional performance experience includes playing in masterclasses for Jessica Bodner, Nadia Sirota, David Kim, Rictor Noren, and the Parker Quartet.
As a composer, he was awarded the David S. Boe Award for Exceptional Achievement in Creative Work in 2021 for his experimental composition Suite for Woodwind Quintet. Recent written compositions include Songs about Time, a song cycle for soprano, viola, and piano using texts of American poets and their relationship with time. Currently, Gretzinger is a Strings Teaching Assistant for community outreach at the Community Music Center of Boston for beginner violin at elementary schools in the Greater Boston Area.
Andrew Gretzinger holds a degree from the University of South Carolina (graduated summa cum laude) in Composition and a Viola Performance Certificate. His primary teachers include Barbara Corbato and Daniel Sweaney. Andrew is currently a student of Rictor Noren at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee earning his Master’s in Viola Performance.