striving to be the neil degrasse tyson of music
A fiery, passionate performer who leaves everything on the stage, Drew Alexander Forde gives his all to audiences. After starting the viola at the late age of 12, Drew went on to solo with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during his senior year of high school. Soon after acquiring his Bachelors in Viola Performance at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University, Drew went on to finish his musical studies at The Juilliard School, obtaining a Masters in Music.
TVK has developed a robust following throughout numerous social media platforms, largely because of his candid communication, unique perspective, and contagious enthusiasm. A master of many faces, from silly to serious, Drew seeks to demystify the stubborn perceptions of classical music, channeling his influences from Neil deGrasse Tyson to Will Smith. He uses social media to share the hidden side of this sacred art: the humor, the heartaches, and the human moments. Through his constant interaction with an enthusiastic online audience, he often acts as a big brother to many young musicians; helping them learn the tricks of the trade, and empowering them to seize their dreams—all while having a good laugh along the way.
The education TVK received at The Juilliard School has led him to pursue the connectivity of different genres of music. On a recent tour to four American cities, TVK served as Principal Violist for the Zelda Symphony. While fusing Classical compositional techniques with modern-day musical genres, TVK ignites an inexhaustible wellspring of creativity that is Classical Music to propel himself towards the creation of new, authentic art. TVK recently collaborated with the critically acclaimed Nathan Chan, and their first Pop music cover, “Hello” by Adele, is available on iTunes, Amazon Music, and Pandora.