Andrew Pedersen joined the Houston Symphony double bass section in August 2017. A native of Batavia, Illinois, Pedersen received his bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and master’s degree from Rice University, where he studied with Robert Kassinger and Timothy Pitts, respectively. Other mentors include Paul Ellison, Alexander Hanna, and Gregory Sarchet.
While in Chicago, Pedersen was a member of the Civic Orchestra where he served as assistant principal bass from 2012 to 2014. During this time, he also worked closely with Yo-Yo Ma on stage and in community outreach programs. He has regularly subbed with the New World Symphony, including a recent tour to Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He has also attended the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Verbier Festival.
Outside of the orchestra, Pedersen enjoys arranging music for bass ensembles and exploring the unique cuisine of Houston.