Andrew Plaisier is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan, completing Master's degrees in both Cello Performance and Chamber Music in just three semesters. While there, he studied cello with Anthony Elliott, trained in Suzuki Pedagogy with Andrea Yun, and became involved with dozens of student chamber music ensembles. Andrew also holds degrees in Biology and Music from Calvin College, where he studied with Karen Krummel. He enjoys a great diversity of performance settings: soloing in concertos and recitals, playing cello duets on the street or in talent shows, providing on-stage dramatic accompaniment for the play Melancholy, reading chamber music with friends, and anything else that brings joy and meaning to people. Recent honors include winning the Audience Favorite award in the MASTA Solo Competition, playing in a masterclass for Ludwig Quandt, 1st Principal of the Berlin Philharmonic, and being Associate Principal of the UM University Symphony Orchestra. He has attended numerous summer festivals, including L'Orchestre de Francophonie, an English-French orchestral program in Montreal, Canada. In both 2017 and 2015, he participated in the Texas Music Festival in Houston, Texas, and was featured on the TV show Great Day Houston in a duet arrangement of Eye of the Tiger. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outside ice-skating and biking, and road-tripping around Michigan and North America.