Andrew Berridge was born on the Wirral and grew up in Leeds where he studied violin from the age of 5. After further studies with Peter Mountain and Eta Cohen he read Law for a year at the University of Liverpool before transferring to Music. He won an Arts Scholarship that enabled him to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, first on violin with Ben Holland and then viola with Roger Bigley and Scott Dickinson. There he won prizes for viola and chamber music before embarking on a freelance career in the North of England playing with all the major orchestras. He joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 2003 – its youngest member at the time – as co-principal viola. He has also appeared regularly with the Scottish Ensemble.