Andrés Vera is a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, who has performed in countless venues throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. He performs the Classical cello and the Baroque cello. Andrés is a founding member of San Francisco’s acclaimed Cello Street Quartet, which began in 2011. He is the newest member of the Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco, joining in the summer of 2015.
A native of Puerto Rico, Andrés brings a rich mix of cultural influences to his playing. He grew up with an affinity for music; its rich variety, color, and ethnic diversity. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Andrés began his formal training in cello performance at age 8. He was enrolled in a magnet school for the arts and eventually joined Miami's famed New World School of the Arts. At 17, he was invited to join the Miami Symphony Orchestra. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Miami and earned his M.M. degree and post-graduate Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He studied with Michael Erwin, David Cole, Ross Harbaugh, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Jennifer Culp, Mark Sokol, and Paul Hersh.
During the summer of 2013, he was invited to join the American Bach Soloists Academy and was a featured soloist during their summer season. In May of 2014, Andrés and his Cello Street Quartet traveled to Russia, Kosovo, and Hungary with the American Music Abroad program in cooperation with the United States Department of State. In July of 2015, he joined Quartet San Francisco.
Andrés is available for hire as a performer and collaborator. In addition to performing with his quartets, he also performs with Corelli Trios, Synchronicity Strings, Classical Revolution, and various wedding and event ensembles. He is an experienced studio-recording artist, and has worked with many independent singers and composers. He is well connected with Bay Area artists and can readily assemble a group of musicians suitable to any concert, whether it’s an in-home, formal concert stage, or cabaret setting.