Andre Madatian Bio
Andre Madatian first picked up his father’s guitar at the age of ten years old and soon after learned that music would become his biggest passion in this world. At the young age of twelve, Andre formed a trio pop/rock band with two of his best friends.
The trio began to play extensively and by the time high school came, the group had already played for numerous weddings, won several “Battle of the Bands” competitions with much older competitors, and were featured on Channel 3 CBS news with a live performance and interview. Throughout high school, Andre found interest in becoming a multi-instrumentalist. He began to play electric bass for the school’s Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Indoor Drumline. He also played upright bass for the Symphonic Band. Aside from playing bass, Andre sang in the Masterworks Choir and traveled to cities such as Boston and Orlando to perform. He then became interested in drums and percussion and soon became a drumset accompanist for the high school vocal jazz ensemble.
Andre decided to further his studies in music by attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in the fall of 2010 where he studied privately with many notable guitarists and composers. As a guitarist, Andre has studied with Tomo Fujita, whose former students include John Mayer and Eric Krasno of Soulive and Lettuce. Other teachers include Sal Difusco of the Sal Difusco Project, John Baboian of the Bebop Guitars, and David Fiuczynski of the Screaming Headless Torsos and guitarist for Jazz Pianist prodigy, Hiromi Uehara. Andre holds a Bachelors Degree in Film Scoring with a minor in Contemporary Conducting. He has become inspired by film music to pursue a career in composition and has written many orchestral and concert works including an original string orchestra piece entitled "Obliquity for String Orchestra" for the renown Kalistos Chamber Orchestra in Boston, MA. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee and works as a composer and studio assitant at Thirteen Degrees Studio and Learning Center in Franklin, TN alongside Emmy-award winning composer, Ken Barken. Learn more about Thirteen Degrees at www.thirteendegrees.com/. Andre composes for numerous music licensing companies such as Full Clip Music, Gratitude Sound and Alloy-X. His recent credits include composing additional music cues for "Say Yes to The Dress Atlanta: Season 9" on TLC, "Southern Charm: Season 3" on Bravo, "NFL Monday QB on CBS Sports, "Jim and Chrissy: Vow or Never" on WE TV, "Married to Medicine" on Bravo, and "The Book of John Gray" on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Andre is currently an active guitarist in Nashville where he tours full time with the Country/Rock group "Mustang Sally". The band tours with over 150 dates every year with both national and international dates.You can find tour information at www.mustangsallyband.com/tour. Notable performances include headlining the Albisgüetli Country Music Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, performing at the Country Music Cruise in Ancona, Italy, and performing for over 15,000 people at the Havelock Country Music Jamboree in Ontario, Canada opening for artists such as Justin Moore and Lee Brice. Mustang Sally will be returning to the Havelock Country Music Jamboree in August 2018 to open for Toby Keith.
Andre is an endorsed artist with D'Angelico guitars, Creation Music Company, DiMarzio, 64 Audio, Free The Tone, Voodoo Lab, Belt & Brace guitar straps, Rock Solid guitar stands, and Fred Kelly guitar picks. He also received the Berklee Achievement Scholarship in 2013, Ifert-Wentzel Downingtown High School Music Parents Scholarship in 2010 and is a two time recipient of the Richard and Rose Dermenjian Scholarship in 2011 and 2012 for his academic, musical, and compositional achievements.