Percussionist Andrew Harris is based in Ottawa where he obtained both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa. He is Principal Percussionist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and has performed regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Andrew has been the recipient of several awards including the Harold Crabtree Award (NAC Orchestra Bursary), the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and the Marusia Yaworska Scholarship. He was a two-time member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and has performed with ensembles including the Ottawa Choral Society, Thirteen Strings, Touring Broadway Productions, and the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces.
As a chamber musician Andrew has performed with ensembles such as the Bel Canto Wind Quintet, Capital BrassWorks, and numerous percussion ensembles. He has appeared regularly in festivals including Music and Beyond and Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.
Also an avid educator, Andrew enjoys instructing both privately and in group settings. He is currently a member of the University of Ottawa percussion faculty where he teaches percussion lessons and the percussion education course, while also directing the percussion ensemble. He has been the percussion coach for the Ottawa Youth and Junior Youth Orchestras and frequently runs high school masterclasses and coaching sessions.
Andrew co-founded the percussion-focused instrument rental company Percussion Warehouse.