Andrew Holm

Instrument

Cello

Andrew Holm is a cellist with the Des Moines Symphony. He is originally from Omaha and began playing the cello in the fourth grade. When he was growing up, he was a member of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras and participated in numerous honor orchestras and music competitions.  He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was a student of Dr. Karen Becker.  He also had occasional lessons with Gregory Beaver of the Chiara String Quartet, the artist-in-residence quartet at UNL. While at UNL, Andrew played in the UNL Symphony, Philharmonia, and numerous chamber groups.  He also subbed for the Lincoln Symphony numerous times and played with the UNL Philharmonia at Carnegie Hall in January 2008.

Member of the Orchestra since

2011

Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

Making two DVDs with music about John and Mary's Sculpture Park, and playing for the State Fair last year.

How I got started playing my instrument

I heard about the string program in fourth grade at school, and I chose the cello because I loved listening to Yo-Yo Ma.

Favorite composer

J.S. Bach, Dvorak, Haydn, Copland and Beethoven

Favorite solo piece

Dvorak's Cello Concerto and J.S. Bach's Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Hobbies

Listen to music, watch television, play solitaire, cook and take walks

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