I am a registered Suzuki instructor with 6 years of experience in the Sellwood, Portland Oregon area. In performance, I strive to connect with the music in such a way that brings me and the listener beyond the printed page. Andy Ellis Valdini has studied piano since age 7 and viola since age 10. He received his BA in 1995 from Reed College, where he studied music with David Schiff. He then went on to study composition with Peter Golub and Tomas Svoboda in Portland before moving to San Francisco to study with David Conte and Conrad Susa at the Conservatory of Music. Since then he has received his Master’s degree in music composition at UC Riverside. Under the viola instruction of Lucille Taylor, he served as principal viola with the UC Riverside orchestra. He has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Dr. Theodore Brunson, and is a registered Suzuki violin and viola instructor, and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He currently resides in Portland, OR, with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys gypsy jazz, composing, and mountain biking.
Working on Some Kind of Lover was great. Hawk provided professional tracks for me to work with. After sitting with the music for a little while, the feel and sound of Some Kind of Lover started to suggest string lines and ideas complement the original drum, bass, and guitar tracks. While multi-tracking the string parts, I was able to fit my own inspiration into the solid framework provided by Hawk. I am very happy with the way that the tracks turned out, and I look forward to continuing my studio relationship with Beats of Hell.