Born in South Wales in 1959, Andy Cresci was educated at Neath Boys Grammar School where he began playing the cello. Andy took up the tuba as a second study instrument, and realised quite quickly that his vocation was on tuba not cello.
After studies at the RNCM with Stuart Roebuck, Andy moved in 1980 to Glasgow to join Scottish Opera as principal tuba and then, in 1986 he joined the BSO as principal tuba, where he has remained to the present day.
Andy has played with very nearly all of the professional orchestras in the country as a guest. He has worked as a regular guest with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 1985, toured with London Brass and many other ensembles.
Andy feels lucky to have achieved a good balance between teaching and playing. Between 1986/96 he taught at Hordle House Prep School where he established his thoughts on teaching. In 1996 he took up the post of Professor of low brass (tuba and euph) at the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth where he is still in post.
Andy has been a tutor at both NYBBGB and NYWOW, and has given many lecture recitals at the music colleges and conservatoires around the country.