Andrew Berinson is a pianist born and based in Raleigh, NC.
Andrew released his debut album as a leader in April 2019. "Of Love" is a deeply inspired personal testimony, mixing the rich language of jazz with unique and uplifting original compositions and arrangements.
Andrew is the musical accompanist behind the award winning WUNC podcast Great Grief with multi-Grammy nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon.
Andrew leads his own trio, THRIO, with bassist Paul Creel and drummer Donovan Cheatham.
Andrew musical vision is joyful: “I want my music to be an expression of hope for all of humanity. I want it to bring people together and make them happy. As an artist I feel it is my responsibility to be as honest as I can be through my work. I want people to feel that their existence is intrinsically meaningful, that the God of this universe is one of unfailing love, and that there is always hope.”
In 2018, Andrew won the Yamaha Award at the American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, FL, granting him an opportunity to record under his own name at Yamaha Artist Services in downtown Manhattan.
Andrew has performed as a featured sideman with John Brown, Nnenna Freelon, Al Strong, and Brian Miller. He has performed at the Ocean City Jazz Festival, Duck Jazz Festival, and Savannah Jazz Festival.
He has shared the stage with Mary Stallings, Joe Chambers, the Durham Symphony, Wallace Roney, Stephen Riley, Nicholas Payton, Herlin Riley, Tia Fuller, Wycliffe Gordon, Willie Murillo, Derrick Gardner, and Warren Wolf.
Playing piano since he was 6, Andrew studied jazz at North Carolina Central University with Dr. Ira Wiggins and resident artists Joey Calderazzo and Branford Marsalis.
In 2016, Andrew recorded for WUNC's "The State of Things" with Charenee Wade and in 2017 with NCCU's Vocal Ensemble on their album, Take Note.