News

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
Andrew has been invited by the Nashville Symphony as a Cover Conductor in the 18/19 season.

JUNE 25, 2018
Andrew has been invited as Conductor of the 18/19 Tennessee All-West Orchestra.

JUNE 11, 2018
Andrew will join the National Youth Orchestra of the USA for a second summer as Assistant Conductor to Michael Tilson Thomas for their tour of China, South Korea and Taiwan this July and August.

MAY 31, 2018
From a large pool of applicants, Andrew was selected as a winner of the Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors at the Salzburger Festspiele in Austria. The selection committee included a panel of musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic, the orchestra in residence at the Festspiele.

MARCH 19, 2018
Andrew will guest conduct the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra next season with guest artists Buzz Brass in a concert for kids. https://wso.ca/1819season/

MARCH 14, 2018
Andrew has been selected from a pool of 90 applicants as a finalist for the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival’s “Young Conductors Award” and has been invited to conduct the Austrian Ensemble for New Music (OENM) at the Contemporary Music Day in Salzburg this May. He is the only American to advance. The jury includes Plácido Domingo, Dennis Russell Davies, and other important musicians and administrators from around the world.

FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Andrew will step in for Classic Accents performances February 24 and 25 with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, replacing a guest conductor in a program of Beethoven, Bernstein and Mendelssohn with guest violinist Charles Yang.

JANUARY 30, 2018
Review of Andrew’s January concert with the Portland Symphony from Morton Gold at the Journal Tribune:
“Speaking of Mr. Crust, when it came time to conduct the orchestra, he did so with skill and authority. The musicians paid him the ultimate tribute in that they actually paid attention to him. A revealing moment occurred early in the Pastoral. The celli had been repeating a phrase umpteen times and then had to change. Many a conductor would not have bothered to indicate this as after all, these were professional musicians who ought to be able to count their measures without losing their place. This was not a detail that was insignificant to Crust. He turned to face the celli and indicated the place, not in a theatrical gesture but with his baton as well as his body. The Haydn and Stravinsky excerpts produced some really beautiful playing.”

JANUARY 23, 2018
Andrew led a very successful “Discovery” concert with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and storyteller/author Delaney Ziegman to a near sold-out crowd at Merrill Auditorium this week.


DECEMBER 12, 2017
Andrew has been awarded the Belz-Parker Award for Artistic Excellence after a concert with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra at the Baron Hirsch Synagogue in Memphis, TN.

OCTOBER 17, 2017
Write-up by the CU-Boulder School of Music:
https://www.colorado.edu/music/2017/10/17/conducting-alum-settles-memphis-gig

AUGUST 10, 2017
Andrew was awarded the special scholarship at the Accademia Chigiana by Daniele Gatti, and selected to perform the finale of Mahler’s First Symphony with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana in Siena. Andrew was also invited to give a concert in Sanremo, Italy next season.

JULY 31, 2017
Andrew had a successful audition at the Accademia Chigiana for Daniele Gatti and was accepted as an active participant for the workshop with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana.

JULY 16, 2017
Andrew conducted a group of hundreds of young musicians in downtown Manhattan this week – a combination of NYO-USA players and local instrumentalists. Bernstein, Verdi and Artes.

JULY 11, 2017
Writeup in the Memphis Daily News: See here

JUNE 26, 2017
Andrew has been named the new ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Robert Moody, and the CONDUCTOR of the Memphis Youth Symphony. He will maintain his position of Assistant Conductor with the Portland Symphony Orchestra during one season of transition, and conduct education and family concerts there. In Memphis, Andrew will conduct a variety of concerts from education to pops to ballet to subscription concerts.

JUNE 13, 2017
Andrew has been invited to the Accademia Chigiana in Siena for a workshop with DANIELE GATTI (Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw) on Mahler’s First Symphony and Debussy’s La Mer with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana.

MAY 7, 2017
Andrew has been invited as a Conducting Associate to the 2017 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with music director Cristian Măcelaru in Santa Cruz, CA.

MARCH 9, 2017
Andrew has been selected as one of two Assistant Conductors for the National Youth Orchestra of the USA at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute, where he’ll work primarily with NYO2 and Giancarlo Guerrero at SUNY Purchase, with a concert at Carnegie Hall and a side-by-side with the Philadelphia Orchestra this July.

FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Congratulations to violinist/composer Mark O’Connor, with whom Andrew will perform this April, on his Grammy win last night!

JANUARY 29, 2017
Andrew’s original “Outer Space Symphony” Discovery Concert sells out the nearly 2000-seat Merrill Auditorium.

JANUARY 24, 2017
Andrew will compete in the Besançon International Conducting Competition with preliminaries in Montréal this May.

DECEMBER 25, 2016
The PSO’s “Magic of Christmas” sold nearly 18,000 tickets this December, making it one of the most successful Magic runs in the orchestra’s history.

AUGUST 4, 2016
Write-up in La Presse: http://www.lapresse.ca/arts/musique/musique-classique/201608/04/01-5007258-un-montrealais-a-lorchestre-de-portland.php

AUGUST 4, 2016
Write up in the Portland Press Herald: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/08/02/portland-symphony-orchestra-hires-new-assistant-conductor/

AUGUST 2, 2016
Andrew has been hired as the new Assistant Conductor and Community Liaison for the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine. http://www.pressherald.com/2016/08/02/portland-symphony-orchestra-hires-new-assistant-conductor/

JUNE 19, 2016
Andrew was invited to participate in the Mendelssohn Festival conducting masterclass in Hamburg as one of 6 pupils with Ulrich Windfuhr and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.

JUNE 15, 2016
Andrew has been invited to participate in the conducting masterclass at the Bartok Festival in Hungary with Zsolt Hamar and the Savaria Symphony Orchestra.

APRIL 28, 2016
Andrew has been invited to an in-person audition with Riccardo Muti and Renata Scotto at the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy.

APRIL 10, 2016
Andrew has been invited as a Fellow to the Eastern Music Festival in 2016.

JANUARY 22, 2016
“Crust demonstrated an impressive ability to create atmosphere in musical textures…His sense of pacing is attractive and deeply musical.” – review from the Hartford Courant

JANUARY 7, 2016
Andrew has been re-engaged as a Cover Conductor for the Kansas City Symphony concerts on Feb. 5-7 with Music Director Michael Stern and violinist Vadim Gluzman.