Andrew Lesser was born on February 6, 1979 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He began studying music at the age of 11 in the area of clarinet performance. Mr. Lesser received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2002 from the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey in Music Education and Music Performance.
During his time at Rutgers University Mr. Lesser received numerous awards, including the Nicholas Music Scholarship and the prestigious Theodore Presser Award. He was also principal clarinet of the Rutgers University Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of the Rutgers University Salsa Band. His primary teachers in the area of clarinet performance have been Frank A. Mazzeo, Ronald Reuben, and Anthony A. Pasquale. In 2000, Mr. Lesser was inducted into the Golden Key National Honors Society, an organization that recognizes outstanding scholars in a university setting.
Mr. Lesser is also a member of the International Clarinet Association (ICA), MENC: The National Association for Music Education, and the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP).
Mr. Lesser is currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland in College Park and studying under Loren Kitt, principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lesser will receive a Masters degree in Music Performance in May 2005.
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