Andrew McIntosh is the kind of person with a rock collection. Including a full three samples of arsenic in it which, in case you’re wondering, is this insanely gorgeous honeycomb color and looks even better under a microscope. He’s a kind guy: a baroque violinist and composer who’s fascinated with the wilderness and being outdoors. He aspires to treat people well, to climb daily (internally and, when possible, external mountains), and to give his heart to teaching (at CalArts). When asked to summarize his internal state, he says: empathy is more important than self love, I’d rather be in an expanse than a forest, you know? He’s has made music with Elizabeth Blumenstock, Jürg Frey, and Sofia Gubaidulina, played the complete Rosary Sonatas of Heinrich Biber, recorded the complete string quartets of Christian Wolff, Harold Budd and Wadada Leo Smith, written an opera called “Bonnie and Clyde,” and a piece celebrating Mt Shasta for the LA Phil.