Cellist Andrea Shigeko Landin was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she took lessons at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She went on to earn a B.M. in Cello Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a B.A. in Anthropology from Oberlin College. Bridging these two degrees, Andrea spent the year of 2011 as an artistic facilitator in Totonicapán, located in the highlands of Guatemala, with non-profit organizations Artcorps and Ecologic Development Fund/48 Cantones. There, she worked with indigenous youth to design and implement projects that promoted environmental conservation and the continuation of ancestral practices, using music and art as tools for social change. Prior to her work in Totonicapán, she spent four months doing field-based research at the Centro de Investigaciones de Mesoamerica in Antigua, Guatemala, and served as an intern at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission in Washington D.C.
Andrea has been a recipient of the Oberlin Conservatory Dean's Scholarship, the John Frederick Oberlin Scholarship, and the Comfort Starr Award in Anthropology. She was principal and assistant principal of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra and performed with the Oberlin Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She has attended festivals including Meadowmount School of Music, Quartet Program, and California Summer Music. Her primary teachers have included Hans Jorgen Jensen, Amir Eldan, and Jennifer Goss.