Violist Andrew Picken was raised in Los Angeles and attended UCLA and Northwestern University. He is associate principal violist of the LA Opera Orchestra as well as principal violist of the Pasadena Symphony. He has performed with many other ensembles in the region including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Picken has performed around the world, from Taiwan to Saint Petersburg and from Tblisi to Mexico City. He is on the faculty of the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles and maintains an active private teaching studio, as well. Mr. Picken records frequently in the motion picture studios and can be heard on the soundtracks of such movies as Ratatouille, Master and Commander and Finding Nemo.