Please join Academy cellists for a master class with Professor Andre Gaskins, 9:30-11:30 am on Saturday, February 12, in Harper Hall at the Lawrence Conservatory.  Academy student cellists will play Kol-Nidrei by M.Bruch, the first movement of Concerto in C by J.Haydn, Prayer by E.Bloch, the third movement of C-minor Concerto by J.C. Bach, and Allegro Appassionato by Saint-Saens.  Parents, students, and community members are welcome to attend and watch this free session.

Andre J. Gaskins enjoys a diverse career as conductor, soloist, and music educator. He currently serves as Director of Orchestral Activities and cello at the University of Oshkosh Wisconsin. Previous conducting positions include the Columbus Ballet Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, the Columbus State University Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony, the Earlham College Orchestra and the New World Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Maintaining an active schedule as a performing cellist, his recording of Martinu’s ‘Concertino’ for the Summit Records label was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Awards, in the category of ‘Best Performance by a small ensemble (with or without conductor)’. Solo appearances with orchestra have included performances with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Fort Smith Symphony, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and the Butler Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights for the 2010-2011 season include a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Concepcion, Chile and a tour of Europe as guest soloist with the Purdue University Symphony. Mr. Gaskins served as the principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra from 2002 – 2009. While pursuing doctoral studies at Indiana University, he studied conducting with David Effron and composition with David Dzubay. He also served as the teaching assistant to world-renowned cellist, Janos Starker.