Andy Bryenton, Cello
Cellist Andy Bryenton has been a member of the core ensemble of the Knoxville Symphony since 1986, and Principal Cellist since 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music, where he was a student of David Wells. His graduate studies were at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, studying with Walter Despalj and Leopold Teraspulsky, where he performed as a member of the Langdon Piano Quartet. Andy also has been a member of the Opera Saratoga (formerly Lake George Opera Festival) orchestra in upstate New York and the Des Moines Metro Opera. He has summered with such festivals as Yellow Barn, Music Mountain, Hampden-Sydney, New Hampshire, Orford and Spoleto. Formerly Principal Cellist with the Oak Ridge Symphony, he has a busy teaching schedule as well, having joined the Music Arts School of Oak Ridge in June of 2010, in addition to his private studio at home and as adjunct faculty at Carson-Newman College. In addition to his classical output, he is cellist with the Johnson Swingtet, a local gypsy jazz ensemble which is unique worldwide in its instrumentation and scope. He has also appeared on recordings by several local pop artists.