Dr Andrew Filmer teaches at Sunway University in Malaysia and performs as a violist in the Sutera Ensemble. He holds a PhD from the University of Otago, and a MMus in viola performance from Indiana University South Bend. He is versatile in the arts, combining his musicology training with that of viola performance and a passion for teaching. Andrew has won commendations and prizes in teaching, public speaking, research, performance and leadership. As an active supporter of historically-informed performance, he was part of a three-person team that constructed the first harpsichord built in Malaysia.
Andrew performs frequently as a chamber musician and a narrator, with occasional roles as orchestra conductor and concerto soloist. He was the Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society and is a consultant for the Australia and New Zealand Viola Society. His research on Bach and Mozart has been presented at three International Viola Congresses and other international conferences, and has been published in the US, Europe, and Australasia. With a dedication to teaching, Andrew has facilitated string pedagogy workshops for Trinity College London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).
Andrew studied with Donald Maurice and Anthony Ritchie in New Zealand, and Anthony Devroye of the Avalon Quartet in the United States. He plays on a viola by Malaysian luthier Tan Chin Seng, a modern bow by Benjamin Fabre of France, and baroque bows by Stephen Gibbs of New Zealand.