Drew Tretick is a favorite with audiences for his expressive performances and warm stage presence. A graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, he has performed throughout the world. He has recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Slovak National Symphony, and has appeared as soloist with others. By invitation of Andrea Bocelli, Drew and Andrea performed together for his charity foundation. From Mr. Tretick’s concert appearances in Las Vegas, a survey recognized him as a favorite entertainer at The Venetian.
Appearances for television and radio include PBS, NPR, ABC, NBC, ESPN and he has recorded and performed with Tony Bennett, Ivan Gancedo, Stevie Wonder, Chris Isaak, Glenn Campbell, Sandy Patti, Doc Severinsen, Mike Garson (legendary pianist for David Bowie) and the late John Denver. Olympic gold pair skaters have performed to his music in competition as well as for the Olympic Champions On Ice tour. Karen Chen, a current U.S. Figure Skating champion, took home gold setting the highest competition score ever skating to Mr. Tretick’s spirited version of The Godfather, which he recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Drew began playing at age five and was performing professionally by his early teens. He studied viola at the North Carolina School of the Arts with Sally Peck, and under her training, he was nominated by the Commission on Presidential Scholars to compete at Princeton University. From that winning performance and through several written essays, Drew was recognized as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He was then accepted to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City. From his musical progress and academic standing, he was awarded the Lincoln Center Scholarship and completed both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in only four years. His Juilliard master recital was the first ever in the school’s history to include a synthesizer electronic violin, and this innovative performance was broadcast over National Public Radio. He also studied and performed two summer seasons at the Aspen Colorado Music Festival.
Upon graduating from Juilliard, he was appointed Associate Professor and one of the youngest faculty members ever at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also toured extensively around the world to Asia, Europe, Canada and throughout the United States. He has held principal and section orchestra and studio orchestra positions throughout his career. Mr. Tretick also holds a Master of Business (MBA) degree. All members of his family are professional musicians and members of major symphonies, and his mother and father had distinguished performing and teaching careers.
CONCERTS & CORPORATE APPEARANCES
Drew has appeared with Andrea Bocelli, Mike Garson (David Bowie's legendary pianist), Elton John, Stevie Wonder, the late John Denver, and many others. For celebrity events with Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Gates, Annette Bloch, Leonore Annenberg, Jackie Lee Houston. As a soloist for the Dallas Symphony Gala, Long Beach Symphony Gala, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs Art Museum Gala, Palm Springs Air Museum Gala, and his own solo shows at the Las Vegas Venetian and many corporate events for BMW, IBM, HP, TD Ameritrade, Mutual of New York, Marriott International, Hilton, Catholic Healthcare West at the Reagan Presidential Library, Chinese American International Bankers Association, Gloria Jean's Coffee, Orange County Auto Show, Printing Industries Assoc. of Southern California, Beckman Coulter, Der Wienerschnitzel, Guthy-Renker Corporation, Hammeras Group, and more.
Drew has appeared as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, Slovak National Symphony, Missouri Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and others...
“Drew Tretick brings everything orchestras want from an artist, namely a great player with charisma, connection with the audience, and the greatest charts you could ever find. Orchestras will love playing with him because he makes it so easy, and audiences will keep wanting him back. You will make everybody in your organization happy with Drew Tretick.
Kirk Trevor - Music Director, Missouri Symphony
Drew received his Bachelor and Master degrees from The Juilliard School and has been recognized by The American String Teacher's Association and The National Association for Music Education "for contributions to the advancement of music education." He also served on the string faculty at Berklee College, Boston and has taught violin and viola at summer music programs, as well as maintaining a private teaching studio.
THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL, B.M., M.M.
BALL STATE UNIVERSITY, M.B.A
PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR IN THE ARTS
REVIEWS AND QUOTES
Jim Cunningham, WQED Pittsburgh...
“Drew Tretick’s Cinema Classics is a great favorite on the Morning Show... beautifully recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, and top notch playing from Drew.”
Jazz Weekly review of "Cinema Classics" CD...
“All modern jazzers should take time to appreciate the time honored lesson displayed here that it’s not what you say, but the way that you say it.” - George Harris
“Drew Tretick and the London Symphony perform with such beauty and sensitivity.”
Recognized by the Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction for "demonstrating excellence in scholarship and through future efforts, progress in increasing the quality of life in this nation."
Recognized by a former Indiana Governor for "outstanding achievements in academic excellence."
RICHARD SHERMAN & DREW
Drew was honored to be invited by the Robert B. Sherman family to perform for the late songwriter's ceremony. With his brother Richard (below) they wrote classics such as "It's a Small World," and songs for musicals such as Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Tom Sawyer, Winnie the Pooh, Charlotte's Web, and many more. The Sherman brother's "Feed the Birds" was Walt Disney's favorite song.
FILM SCORES, RECORDINGS
Drew has performed and recorded violin and viola solos for cinematic and Grammy winning recording artists and composers. Photo at left signed to Drew by legendary composer, John Williams. Drew recorded the Williams' film score "Can You Read My Mind?" from Superman on his London Symphony Orchestra recording.