2019 Heifetz Institute alum Andres Sanchez is a Honduran-Venezuelan cellist born in Allentown, PA, He began his cello studies at the age of 8 under the wing of Puerto Rico Symphony principal cellist Miguel Rojas. At 10, Andres made his solo debuts with the Midwest Clinic of Chicago, and the Ocean City Pops orchestra.
At 13, Andres made his Carnegie hall debut as a member of the Arconet chamber orchestra. At age 16, Andres was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music in 2013, where he is currently in his last year of studies with cellist Peter Wiley and Carter Brey. Andres has appeared as soloist with the Arconet Chamber Orchestra on several occasions since joining Curtis and has also performed as a soloist with the Kutztown University Chamber orchestra. He has also performed as a soloist with the Kennett Square Symphony, the Central Jersey Symphony, and the Summit Symphony. Andres will appear as a soloist this year with the PA Sinfonia and with the Waterbury Symphony as part of the AYA Trio’s Beethoven Triple Concerto debut.
Also an avid chamber musician, Andres has performed in over 30 chamber music concerts in the Curtis Student recital Series. He has also made several concerto and sonata appearances on the series. Andres founded the AYA Piano Trio in 2013 with fellow Curtis students Angela Chan and Ying Li, The piano trio won First Prize at the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition in 2018. Andres has also served as the associate principal cellist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and as principle of the Curtis Opera Orchestra.
In addition to the Heifetz Institute, Andres has attended such renowned summer programs as Banff, Music from Angel Fire, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, where he played with and was coached by the esteemed artists of the Emerson Quartet including Heifetz faculty member Philip Setzer and Paul Watkins.
Andres has been a participant of several competitions, including the Fischoff, M-Prize, Hudson Valley, Greenfield, and the Carlos Prieto International Cello competition.