When Andy Iorio delivers his “Composing Music” lecture to aspiring composers, he likens the process to photography and tells students that while photographers use images to freeze a moment in time, composers use musical notes to record an event or a feeling. He then explains that, for him, the beauty of this is that each time he plays the piece he is plunged back into that moment in time.
One of Andy’s first musical memories was when, at age five, he climbed up on his mother’s piano bench and taught himself to play a traditional lullaby that she often played for him. His keen ability to learn, and then play, music by ear improved, as he grew older, and expanded as he included more contemporary artists like Billy Joel and Pink Floyd.
At Berklee College of Music, Andy contributed his talents to a globally diverse musical community that pushed traditional boundaries and inspired him to new heights in both composition and performance. He went on to earn a BA in Music with a focus on composition and film scoring, and now serves as the Musical Director for the Department of Theater and Dance at Union College where, in addition to his program-ming duties, he offers students a look into the process of composing through his informative annual lecture series. His wide range of talents make him not only a popular solo performer but also a highly sought-after private piano and composition instructor.
In 2010, Andy released his first album “After the Rain,” a stripped down solo endeavor that he described as a tribute to his origins. He wrote in his liner notes, “I knew as I was laying down basic tracks, I felt the piano alone was conveying the intended emotions beautifully.” The album received enthusiastic reviews comparing him to Ludovico Einaudi, Max Richter, Yann Tiersen, Phillip Glass and George Winston. Fans lauded him for creating “original compositions [that] give quiet impressions of serenity while carrying simple tonality. Its harmonies fluid and con-trolled run toward something both bare and natural.” And reviewers praised him for composing an album in which “he brings music to life, every track has its own story, but is a part of a great masterpiece.”
In 2014, Andy composed the score for Justin Halstead’s short film “The Perfect Color,” a quirky story of love, obsession and paint. As they worked on composing the music, Halstead was “excited about the talent and sensibility [Andy brought] to the project,” and felt Andy’s com-positions were the best musical representation of the film’s message.
Since the release of his second album “II”, Andy has gained significant attention and has become internationally recognized in over 39 countries. With only three music videos on Youtube with over 77,000 plus views to date, his fan base in ever growing. “II” has been recently added to Sydney Australia’s Soundslike Cafe debuting in the Top 10 at #8 in October 2017. His piece “Rush” was nominated for an HMMA award in Hollywood in November of 2016 in the Best New Contemporary Classical/Instrumental Genre/Category. International radio air-play and interviews across the United States, NPR, Canada, Australia, and Japan are just a few of the countries now playing Andy’s music and it continues to grow with over 100k plus streams in 2018.
Andy’s latest release, “Awakening” is grounded in his trade-mark emotionally moving melodies and taken to new heights as he weaves them together with a lush, vibrant string section. His goal is, and has always been, to engage, inspire and underscore the emotional connections between people and to compose music that speaks a universal soul-stirring language that “takes [the listener] along on a deep emotional journey that resonates with-in all of us.”