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 Lake George Opera Festival in upstate New Yorkand 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, with a private studio at home and as adjunct faculty at Carson-NewmanCollege.
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.