ANDREW FOUTS (violin) is becoming one of the country's leading performers on the baroque violin. He has been noted for his "mellifluous sound and sensitive style" (Washington Post), and as "an extraordinary violinist" who exhibits "phenomenal control" (Bloomington Herald-Times), while the Lincoln Journal-Star wrote that his "talent challenges the top soloists of today's classical stage."
In 2008 Andrew won first prize at the American Bach Soloists' International Baroque Violin Competition. That same year he joined Pittsburgh's acclaimed trio, Chatham Baroque, which performs over 50 concerts annually, both at home and on tour. This past 20th anniversary season the ensemble performed in New York, Washington D.C., Oregon, Kansas, and Lima, Peru, and served as faculty at the Madison Early Music Festival. Chatham Baroque's concert series at home was augmented by collaborations with the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Attack Theatre, Renaissance City Choirs, and the Renaissance and Baroque series. Three of their performances were included in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's top 10 performances of 2010, with the paper proclaiming, "the group… sounds better than ever, especially with the dynamic playing of its violinist, Andrew Fouts."
The 2010/2011 season also brought Andrew to London, Madrid, Holland, Ottawa, Cleveland, D.C, Boston, New York City and California, in performances with Apollo's Fire, The Four Nations Ensemble, Musica Pacifica, Quince, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, and as concertmaster with the Washington Bach Consort. Highlights of his 2011/2012 season include a North American and European tour with Apollo's Fire, performances as concertmaster and soloist with the Washington Bach Consort and a solo engagement with American Bach Soloists. He has recorded with Chatham Baroque, American Bach Soloists, Alarm Will Sound, Bloomington Early Music Festival Orchestra, Musik Ekklesia, and Philharmonia Baroque.