Biography of the owner, Andy Harrison
Andy Harrison moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009. They grew up in Los Gatos California. During high school, they were the principal flutist of the San Jose Youth Symphony on their tour of Japan. They attended the Hartt School, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in flute performance. Their primary instructors include John Wion, Greig Shearer, and Isabelle Starr. During their attendance at Hartt, Andy was a finalist in both the Van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence and the Paranov Concerto Competition. They also participated in the Europa Chamber Music Festival in the Czech Republic, studying with Robert Stallman. They have performed in master classes for Robert Dick, Gary Schocker and Frances Blaisdell, and many more. Having a natural propensity for handcrafts and detail-oriented workmanship, Andy quickly started their career as a flute technician after university. They worked for several years as a finisher and repair technician for Brannen Brothers Flutemakers. Once they moved back to the West coast, they worked at Sheet Music Service until the company tragically closed its doors in May 2010. This prompted them to establish their formerly small flute repair shop into a full service business, thus the Portland Flute Shop was born. Since then they have continued to hone their craft by becoming certified by Straubinger flutes to install and repair their patented pad system. They have also studied with the master flute technician Paul Rabinov.
Andy Harrison is uniquely qualified for flute repair since they have the training and artistry of a professional flutist, as well as the hands on experience of a flutemaker of the highest caliber, giving them the knowledge of the flute on both the technical and artistic level. They currently play in the Rose City Flute Choir, the Portland Gay Symphonic Band, and can be seen playing flute and piano recitals with their friend Liz Anjos. They are the commercial membership chair on the board of directors for the Greater Portland Flute Society and have written several articles for the GPFS Newsletter.