Andrew Vinther

principal double bass

Lynnwood, Washington

The Juilliard School – Bachelor of Music 2025

Andrew Vinther, 21, began his studies of double bass at age 8. A student of Joseph Conyers, Vinther attends the Juilliard School and is pursuing a Bachelor of Music. Vinther is a multifaceted instrumentalist who has performed with Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra All Stars under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard Jazz ensembles, and Juilliard 415. Cross-genre expansion and interdisciplinary works are at the forefront of his interest, aided by the endless versatility of the double bass.

What inspired you to become a musician?
I was inspired to become a musician primarily from growing up in a musical family. Seeing from a young age that a fulfilling career in music is a real possibility, and to watch my parents do so, very much made me want to purse music professionally.

Who are your all-time favorite composers and/or pieces? Why?
Some of my favorite composers are Astor Piazzola, Amy Beach, Duke Ellington, Johannes Brahms, and Florence Price.

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
The double bass is the most versatile and multidisciplinary instrument in the orchestra! We have a unique job across many varieties of music to provide harmonic and rhythmic support, and I find this universal supportive role fascinating.

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I love yoga, hiking, spending time outdoors, and preparing good meals.

Why did you choose the NRO?
I chose the NRO to have the opportunity to spend my whole summer deeply immersed in an orchestral environment. Having the chance to perform incredible music with other highly dedicated young instrumentalists, at no cost, in a beautiful location is something for which I am very grateful and looking forward to.