Canadian-born violist Andrew Duckles leads a diverse musical life as a recording artist, chamber musician, soloist and teacher. From a very tall family of musicians, Andrew is the "runt" of the Duckles family, standing at mere 6'4". Formerly principal viola of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras, Duckles now makes his home in Southern California. Duckles began his orchestral career with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has made appearances as principal viola of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, and the New West Symphony. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Duckles appears regularly as a guest artist on a number of chamber music series throughout the United States and Europe and shares the stage frequently with the Alexander String Quartet and the Capitol Ensemble. Andrew teaches viola and chamber music at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).
For over ten years, Mr. Duckles has been featured regularly as a recording artist on television and motion picture soundtracks. Duckles has been featured as a performer on programs such as Saturday Night Live, The Grammys and the Tonight Show. Andrew has degrees from both the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory and recently finished paying back the small fortune he borrowed to pay for his musical education. His hobbies include cartooning, following international soccer and collecting great music. Andrew Duckles is married to culinary genius, master educator and French horn player extraordinaire Laura Strand. Together they live in Belmont Shore, California with their two young sons.