Andrew Gonzalez, viola
Hailed by the Strad Magazine for his "mellow tone and jovial playing", Andrew Gonzalez is a soloist and chamber musician based in New York. He has collaborated with world class artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Nobuko Imai as well as members of the Orion and Cleveland Quartet. Andrew is currently a member of Carnegie Hall's "Ensemble Connect” (formerly known as Ensemble ACJW). As part of his fellowship with Ensemble Connect, Andrew teaches at PS 226 Alfred De B. Mason in Brooklyn. He performs frequently at Barge music, a concert series in Brooklyn. His most recent concerts there include a Mozart piano quartets with violinist Mark Peskanov, a New York premiere of Joel Friedman's solo viola work "when a world disintegrates before your eyes", and a solo viola recital performing both Brahms viola sonatas. Andrew performs regularly with Sejong Soloists, a Korean ensemble based in New York City and has toured with them all over Europe and Asia. He is on the sublist for the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and plays when them frequently. Andrew recently performed the Brahms songs for Mezzo, Viola, and Piano at the Morgan Library recital series with James Levine's assistant Ken Noda and Sarah Mesko, a frequent singer at the Metropolitan opera.
In 2014, Andrew began playing the baroque viola and took lessons with Cynthia Roberts at the Juilliard School. Andrew performs in a baroque and classical ensemble in New York called Quodlibet and have had a chance to work with a lot of musicians who have come through Juilliard 415 and Yale Baroque programs. Andrew has performed at American Bach Soloists and Valley of the Moon this summer and looks forward to returning this summer.
Andrew received his undergrad and masters degree from 2010-2016 at the Juilliard school under the direction of Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Steve Tenenbom, and Michael Tree. He has participated in music festivals including, the Verbier Academy, Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program, the Heifetz Insitute, Sarasota Music Festival and many others. As part of the Perlman music program, he went on a tour with Itzhak Perlman and alumni to Mexico, Canada, and Virginia performing Mendelssohn and Shostakovich octets. The Heifetz Institute also has a off season tour schedule and he plays with alumni of the program frequently. He frequently appears at the Heifetz institute as an artist in residence and looks forward to being there this summer on chamber faculty of the PEG program. Andrew plays on a 1930 Frederick Haenel modeled after a Gasparo da Saló.