Name: Andrew (Andy) Lan
Class of 1994
Our fearless (and ageless) leader Andy Lan hails from Los Angeles, California. After earning a B.A. in Slavic Languages and a B.S. in Biology at Stanford in 1994, an M.P.H. from UC Berkeley in 1999, and an M.D. from UC San Diego in 2000, Andy began his career as a pediatrician, which he currently practices at RAMBLC Pediatric Medical Group in Los Gatos. However, that’s not the only thing he practices; After a two-decade hiatus, Andy returned to the violin section of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, where he still manages to show up on time and splendidly perform at every rehearsal.
When did you start playing the violin? Did you/do you play any other instruments?I started playing violin when I was 5 (the story goes that I took a pair of chopsticks and was pretending one stick was a bow and the other a violin, so my parents figured I was telling them something and they enrolled me in Suzuki lessons!). I also started learning viola in high school.
Do you have any hobbies, outside of music?
I don’t have too much leftover time after music and my work, but when I do I enjoy traveling, the outdoors, playing board games, reading, and salsa dancing.
How long have you been in the SSO? What has been your favorite/most memorable moment so far?
This is my 7th year (I was in SSO for all 4 undergrad years and 3 years since rejoining). My favorite memories have to be our tours to China in 1995 and Europe in 2013 as well as the opening of Bing Concert Hall.
Despite commuting in as a community member, you are always on time for rehearsals, have your music annotated and ready to go, and leave smiling! How do you balance your job commitments with your musical ones?
In true INTJ personality-type fashion, I try to be as organized as possible in all things and I am very fortunate in my job situation in that, since there are 9 of us pediatricians, I can arrange for coverage or swap calls so that I can embrace the full SSO experience (rehearsals, retreat, social outings, tour)!
What is one interesting, non-musical fact about you? The less likely someone would guess this about you, the better.
It’s a bit hard for me to think of an interesting fact about myself that doesn’t involve music…but I suppose one factoid that qualifies is that I’ve traveled to all 7 continents.