Malaysian violist and musicologist Dr Andrew Filmer is an associate professor at Sunway University in Malaysia and performs in the Sutera Ensemble and the Anjung Trio. He holds a PhD from the University of Otago, and a master’s in viola performance from Indiana University South Bend. He is versatile in the arts, combining his musicology training with that of viola performance and a passion for teaching. Andrew has won commendations and prizes in teaching, public speaking, research, performance and leadership. 

Andrew performs frequently as a chamber musician and narrator, with occasional roles as orchestra conductor and concerto soloist. He was Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society and is a advisor for the Australia and New Zealand Viola Society. His research has been presented twice at Cambridge University, thrice at International Viola Congresses, and has been published in the US, Europe, and Australasia. Andrew has been a guest speaker at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK, and the Elder Conservatorium in Australia.

With a dedication towards teaching, Andrew has facilitated string pedagogy workshops for Trinity College London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). He has a particular interest in technology for education, and won Best Presentation for his research at the International Conference on Education and Multimedia Technology in Kyoto, Japan in 2020. Outside of classical music, he was a member of the jazz band The Troubles, whose inaugural recording was released by Rattle Records. In addition to his music degrees, he has an honours degree in communications and a certificate in User Experience (UX).

Andrew studied with Donald Maurice and Anthony Ritchie in New Zealand, and Anthony Devroye of the Avalon Quartet in the United States. He plays on a viola by Malaysian luthier Tan Chin Seng, a modern bow by Benjamin Fabre of France, and baroque bows by Stephen Gibbs of New Zealand. He was part of a three-person team that constructed the first harpsichord built in Malaysia, and is a director for the Southeast Asian Music Academy Online.