Andréa Petrity was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and began taking piano lessons at age 8. She began with classical lessons. She later went on to study music at Mount Royal College where she received a Diploma in Jazz & Contemporary Music Performance.
Throughout her studies in college and after, Andréa has taken advantage of a variety of performing opportunities including ballet accompanist for former National Ballet of Canada principal dancer Clinton Rothwell, opening for headline acts in Alberta, pianist in showbands on cruise ships for years, work with theatres, big bands, Alberta and Montana Jazz Festivals, studio recordings and arranging projects.
Andréa's love for many styles of music allows her to be versatile with her performances; from working as a solo pianist, piano/vocal duo, to larger/varied ensembles and including a repertoire of jazz standards, popular, blues as well as original compositions and arrangements.
She has been producing/arranging her annual "A Jazzy Time Of Year" Christmas shows in Calgary since 2009, annual "Cigany & Gitana" Jazz-Gypsy-Flamenco shows and is part of many musical projects and bands, including arranging, recording and accompanying.
In November 2014, Andréa released her debut CD "It's About Time" which has been very well received. The album has been on the ten list on Canadian College Radio charts. It has reached #20 on the CKUA Radio Top 30 Playlist Charts, #1 on CJSW Radio Playlist Charts, #4 on CJSR charts and has been played on CBC Radio. Andréa has also appeared as guest for performances and interviews on CJSW Radio since her CD release.
Andréa is also co-leader/arranger of MAPL Quintet which is a Calgary based group - Andréa Petrity (piano), Frank Rackow (saxophones), Stefano Valdo (bass), Robin Tufts (drums), Nynne Collins (vocals). She arranges their musical repertoire which consists of original compositions and fresh arrangements of music from the Great Canadian Songbook. MAPL released their CD "Canadian Songbook" in 2014 and it has been featured on CBC, CKUA and CJSW Radio. Canadian Songbook reached #1 on CJSW's Jazz charts in January 2015 as well as having charted across Canada.
One of her more recent musical and educational highlights was to take part in workshops (Summer 2012, 2013 & 2014)) led and taught by Canada's own Juno Award winning jazz pianist / saxophonist / composer / producer / educator Phil Dwyer.
Andréa continues to pursue growth and enrichment in her musical career and can be heard performing regularly in the Calgary area.