Andrew Batterham is an Australian composer, arranger, songwriter and performer.
He enjoys working across many genres, including classical, jazz, corporate, big bands, screen, and educational music. His music has made its way across Australia and the world through artists ranging from jazz legend James Morrison to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. To keep himself sane the rest of the time, he writes and performs with original funk band Speakeasy around Melbourne, which is probably bad for his health.
After studying composition with Brenton Broadstock, Andrew worked as a trumpet and keyboard player in the Melbourne scene for many years. After winning the Qantas Youth Award of the Paul Lowin Prize, he travelled to New York to study with Broadway arranger Ian Finkel, and to London for lessons with John McCabe. Other awards include the National Songwriting Contest, Corbould Composition Prize (Queensland Symphony), and commissions from Symphony Australia and many other organisations.
Commercially Andrew’s music has been heard on videos, TV and radio in ads, short film scores and corporate events. He has also arranged orchestral backing music for albums by various artists. Recent activity includes Concertino for Sérgio Carolino (winner of the Harvey Phillips Award in the USA), Composer-in-residence at the Sydney International Brass Festival, a recording of his Trumpet Concerto with David Elton as part of the ABC Fresh Start Fund, an Amex Music Backer’s Fund grant to record his funk band Speakeasy at Sing Sing studios in Melbourne.
Andrew’s music is published in Australia, the USA and Europe. He is on the staff at the Australian Institute of Music, Melbourne campus.