Born in Adelaide, Andrew developed a love for music at an early age, learning classical piano from the age of three. After university he pursued a successful career in finance, which took him to London, Africa and Asia before he settled in Melbourne.
Andrew has a passion for classical and jazz, creating music that inspires, uplifts and comforts. His songs recognise the beauty in everyday moments, and paint a perfect backdrop for gatherings with loved ones or a precious moment alone.
Fine Music FM has applauded his “harmonic changes as he takes the listener to an imagined perfect place” while the Australian Financial Review described his style as “ethereal”.
Andrew has released three albums – Hope (2012), Moon Under Water (2013) and Vivid (2015) – and has performed to sold-out audiences across Australia, including at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne’s Bennetts Lane and Sydney's iconic Basement.
Through his albums, Andrew also provides awareness and funds for not-for-profit organisations, including the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, Kids Under Cover, the Leukaemia Foundation and the Australian Children’s Music Foundation.
When he’s not at the piano, Andrew is an executive in the corporate space.
He is also chair of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal Committee, and a former board director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, and Christian Schools Australia. From 2006 to 2011, Andrew was a director on the Melbourne International Jazz Festival Board.
In the media
"Hagger, a serious but unavoidably part-time musician, delivered over the weekend, with his third album, Vivid, climbing to No 2 on debut in the ARIA charts for its classical-crossover genre. Vivid also entered the top 20, at No 14, for Australian artists across all genres." The Australian
"Hagger's compositions are well constructed ... with some lovely harmonic changes as he takes the listener to an imagined perfect place to gather with friends and family." Fine Music FM review of Moon Under Water