From Puerto Rico …
Andrés Vera brings a rich mix of cultural influences to his playing. Surrounded by the sounds of salsa, reggae, Latin jazz, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, Andrés grew up with an affinity for music and its variety, color, and ethnic diversity. He was invited to join the cello section of the Miami Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17.
Andrés holds a B.A. degree from the University of Miami and an M.M. degree and post-graduate Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He studied with Ross Harbaugh, Jean-Michel Fonteneau and Jennifer Culp. Andrés is a founding member of the Cello Street Quartet, with whom he traveled in 2014 to Russia, Kosovo and Hungary for the U.S. State Department.
Andrés Vera is a skilled collaborator and performer of Classical and Baroque cello repertoire. He currently performs as a soloist, orchestra member, and chamber musician, and has been seen in countless cabaret venues throughout the Bay Area. Andrés teaches at Sacred Heart Preparatory High School in San Francisco. He is also an instructor for the YMCA of San Francisco’s After School Program, fostering the next generation of young cellists.