As a young person, Andrew Lewinter divided his attention between composition and the French horn, studying composition at Juilliard in the pre-college division, and horn with William Ver Meulen, Dale Clevenger, and David Jolley. He attended Northwestern University School of Music, but left after his sophomore year to pursue a career as an orchestral horn player, playing with the Florida Orchestra in Tampa, Florida (1986-88) and Principal Horn with both the Florida Philharmonic (1988-2001) and the Santa Fe Opera (1994-97). He won the top prize at the Prague Spring International Solo Competition in 1992.
In 2016, Lewinter began again to compose music, writing mostly chamber music for orchestral instruments. His works include a Sonata for Horn and Piano (2017), a Woodwind Quintet (2019), a Nonet (2018) a Sonata for Tuba and Piano (2018), and Waltz for Flute and Cello. Lewinter’s style is neoclassical and romantic, both in its harmonic idiom and structures.