Celeste Golden Andrews
Celeste Golden Andrews joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as Second Associate Concertmaster at the start of the 2011-12 season. She began her musical studies at the age of three. When she was nine years old, she became a student of Arkady Fomin, violinist in the Dallas Symphony, and at 15, Andrews was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Curtis in 2005, and in 2007, she received a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with David Cerone and Paul Kantor.
Andrews is a laureate of several national and international competitions. Most notably, she was the Bronze Medalist at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 2006. She has appeared as soloist with numerous symphony orchestras around the world, including the Latvian Chamber Orchestra in Riga, Latvia, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has appeared in series and festivals such as the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, the Festival de San Miguel de Allende, the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, the Innsbrook Institute Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Marlboro Music Festival. Andrews won a three-year fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2004, and was subsequently awarded the Dorothy Delay Memorial Fellowship by the festival, an award given to only one violin student each summer.
Andrews was the concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2005 with concerts at Carnegie Hall. She also performed as concertmaster for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in the New York City premiere of John Adams’ opera A Flowering Tree at Lincoln Center in 2009. She was a member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra from 2010-11, and currently performs regularly with the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee.
Andrews made her SLSO solo debut performing Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in November 2011.