Andrew Howes (b.1992) is a Sydney-based composer with a profound fascination with creating music deriving its initial artistic intent from the ever present natural forces of the Australian landscape. His works have been performed by ensembles including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Enigma & Kristian Winther Quartets, the Australian and Sydney Youth Orchestras, The Song Company and Moorambilla Voices, where this is his sixth year as a composer in residence.
After the Clifton Parker Award afforded him the opportunity to study with Alison Kay and Simon Holt at the Royal College of Music, London, he moved to New York to complete his Master’s with Susan Botti at the Manhattan School of Music, where in 2017 he won the Manhattan Prize. He currently teaches composition at the Conservatorium High School in Sydney, is composer in residence at The King’s School, Parramatta, and is an orchestrator for several composers and production companies around the world.
His most recent orchestral work, Luminifera – Wild Light for Orchestra, was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for their 50 Fanfares project, and was performed by the Sydney Symphony, under the baton of Edo de Waart, in 2022.