Violist Andrew Picken is Associate Principal Violist of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and Principal Violist of the Pasadena Symphony. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Picken received a Bachelors degree from the University of California in Los Angeles and a Masters degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. He has performed with numerous orchestras in southern California including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and Orange County’s Pacific Symphony.
Mr. Picken is associate principal violist of the Los Angeles Master Choral Orchestra, with which he has appeared as a soloist. For the past several years, he has served as principal violist of the Eastern Sierra Summer Festival in Mammoth Lakes. He is a faculty member at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and is active in the television and motion picture recording industry, having performed on myriad soundtracks including “Lost,” “Ratatouille,” and “Star Trek.” In addition, he has performed on the albums of numerous recording artists such as Barbara Streisand, Prince, and Josh Grobin.
He is a faculty member and frequent performer at the Chamber Music Unbound series in Mammoth Lakes, California and is married to Pasadena Symphony concertmaster Aimee Kreston.