Andrea Brachfeld's musical talents have been obvious since earliest memory. Studying the piano for four years before switching to the flute at the age of ten, she attended the High School of Music and Art, where she met and played with Noel Pointer, Nat Adderely Jr., Dave Valentin, and Buddy Williams. By the age of 16, she had played her first jazz gig and had begun composing her own tunes. She continued to feed her quest to learn about the flute and music at Jazzmobile workshops, where her teachers included Jimmy Heath, and Jazz Interactions workshops, where Yusef Lateef, who taught flute, introduced her to world music. Graduating from high school in 1973, Brachfeld enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music, where her teachers included Harold Bennett and Andrew Lolya. A year later, she received the prestigious Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding jazz student. She also studied with Hubert Laws, Eddie Daniels, and George Coleman. -Allmusic