Andrés Rivas


Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Alma mater: Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes (UNEARTE)
Awards/Competitions: 2nd place, violin competition “Maurice Hasson”, Venezuela
Appearances: Youth Orchestra of Caracas; Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela; Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Brazil; Salzburg Festival; Beethovenfest Bonn; Bergen Festival
Instagram: @andriurivas
Twitter: @rivas_musico
Musical origins: I began playing violin at the age of 3 because I was too bad at baseball, but my dad realized I had a good ear and bought me a violin.
Most fun piece to play:
Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Choros No. 6
Favorite obscure piece: Antonio Estevez’s Cantata Criolla
Favorite composer:
Richard Strauss
Which composer would have the best Twitter account: Krzysztof Penderecki
Favorite fact about your instrument: Maestro Maurice Hasson gave it to me as a gift when I was 6 years old
Favorite non-classical musician: Marc Anthony
Best song to have on repeat:
Elgar Symphony No. 1, Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel
Last book read: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Favorite painting: Edvard Munch’s The Scream
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Play different symphonies, overtures, and pieces when you can.
Time travel destination: The Golden Age