Andrew Kozar, Acting Department Chair; Brass - Trumpet
A Pittsburgh native, Andrew Kozar is a New York City-based trumpeter, improviser, composer, and educator whose playing has been said to be "agile as he navigated leaps and slurs with grace... he shifted between lyricism and aggression deftly" by the International Trumpet Guild Journal, "polished and dynamic, with very impressive playing" by the Baltimore Sun and that he "coaxed the ethereal and the gritty from [his] muted instrument... and revealed a facility for shaping notes and color" by the San Francisco Classical Voice. A strong advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Kozar is a founding member of loadbang, which has been called "inventive" by the New York Times, "cultivated" by The New Yorker, and "a formidable new-music force" by TimeOutNY.
A native of Pittsburgh, Andy Kozar is a New York City based trumpeter, improviser, composer and educator that has been called a 'star soloist' by TimeOutNY and has been said to be ‘agile as he navigated leaps and slurs with grace...he shifted between lyricism and aggression deftly’ by the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A strong advocate of contemporary music, he is a founding member of the contemporary music quartet loadbang which has been called ‘inventive’ by the New York Times, ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, and ‘a formidable new-music force’ by TimeOutNY. With loadbang, his playing has been said to be ‘polished and dynamic, with very impressive playing’ by the Baltimore Sun, and that he 'coaxed the ethereal and the gritty from [his] muted instrument...and revealed a facility for shaping notes and color' by the San Francisco Classical Voice. He is also a member of TILT Brass, the Byrne:KozarDuo, and has performed with new music ensembles including Bang on a Can, Ensemble Signal, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Echappe, Ensemble ACJW, Wet Ink, and Mark Gould’s Pink Baby Monster. He has performed alongside artists such as Dave Douglas, Pablo Heras Casado, James Thompson, Mark Gould and Brad Lubman, in addition to working closely with numerous composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Augusta Reed Thomas, Christian Wolff and Pulitzer Prize winning composers David Lang and Charles Wuorinen. Kozar has performed has performed at venues both domestically and abroad including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, MoMA, Rothko Chapel, The Barclays Center, and Shanghai Symphony Hall.
Equally well versed in the traditional repertoire, he is the principal trumpet of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Stamford and Hudson Valley Philharmonics. As a baroque trumpeter, he has performed as a part of the Boston Early Music Festival and with Rebel Baroque, American Baroque Orchestra, The Bach Players of Holy Trinity in New York City, at St. Thomas alongside the St. Thomas Boys Choir, and with Ensemble Musica Humana.
In addition to contemporary and traditional classical music, his versatility has also allowed him the opportunity to perform with the Grammy nominated Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, Russian pop-stars Tamara Gverdtsiteli and Igor Krutoi, and indie pop bands including the Generationals and Emanuel and the Fear. He has also performed on Broadway’s Mary Poppins.
As a recording artist, he can be heard on indie pop albums by Yuck on Mercury Records, Emanuel and the Fear and Bennett Lin, the Hollywood film Sushi Girl, and on PBS’s special featuring baritone Paul Byrom from Celtic Thunder. As a classical recording artist he can be heard on Ensemble Signal’s Mode Records release of Helmut Lachenmann’s music, TILT Brass’ ‘To TILT: Volume 1’ and as a collaborator on the Mode Records release of Morton Feldman’s orchestral music. In addition, he can be heard on loadbang's ANALOG Arts release titled 'Monodramas' and New Focus Recordings release titled 'Lungpowered.'
As a composer, his music has been said to have 'intriguing sonorities' by the New York Times, to be ‘virtuosic’ by The New Yorker, ‘...extremely effective and quite touching’ by New Music Box, and ‘at the cutting edge of creativity’ by Sequenza21. It has been performed by the members of loadbang, Bang on a Can All Star’s pianist Vicky Chow and others. In addition, he has received awards from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to record an album of his work titled ‘On the end...’ which was released in 2013 on the ANALOG Arts label.
Andy has studied with Anthony Pasquarelli, James Thompson, Brian McWhorter, Jens Lindemann and Mark Gould, has studied at Carnegie Mellon University, holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music, and a MM in contemporary performance at Manhattan School of Music. He has given lectures and master-classes at institutions including The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, New York University, and Northwestern University. Kozar has worked as an instructor of trumpet at Hunter College, regularly works as a teaching artist for the American Composers Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, and is on faculty at the North Carolina Governor’s School and the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston.
Andrew Kozar studied with Anthony Pasquarelli, James Thompson, Brian McWhorter, Jens Lindemann, and Mark Gould. He has studied at Carnegie Mellon University, holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music, and a MM in contemporary performance at Manhattan School of Music. In addition to his role teaching at Longy, Andrew Kozar is also on faculty at the North Carolina Governor’s School, has worked as an instructor of trumpet at Hunter College, and regularly works as a teaching artist for the American Composers Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program. Kozar has also given lectures and master-classes at the Peabody Conservatory, SUNY Fredonia, and the University of Colorado.