Instruments: voice, oud, saz, laouto, bouzouki, guitar, mandolin, percussion, bagpipes
Montreal native Andrew Wells-Oberegger first studied classical guitar before concentrating on the Renaissance lute under the tutelage of Jacques Joubert. Fascinated with early instruments and world music, he furthered his studies on his own and with several teachers, developing his talents on the oud, learning how to play Mediterranean frame drums, and studying voice.
Since 2001, Andrew Wells-Oberegger has founded and collaborated with several music projects in which he works as a composer, arranger, and/or performer. He has also taken part in various performance and recording projects produced by La Nef.
As a multi-instrumentalist who is becoming increasingly well known on both the national and international scenes, he has taken part in several festivals in Quebec, the United States, Europe, and South America. Given his particular expertise, he is sought after as both a performer and composer for film soundtracks, documentaries, and contemporary dance.
The recipient of the 2008 Opus Awards for Concert of the Year (Jazz, World Music) and Concert of the Year (Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music – with La Nef), he was also nominated for a 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award with De Lònga (a duo in which he performs with Pierre-Alexandre Saint-Yves) in the Instrumental Group Album category. With La Nef, he was also nominated for Best World Music Album at the ADISQ Awards in 2009.