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ANDREA CAROLINA SÁNCHEZ

From Ibague, Colombia Andrea completed her undergraduate studies from the Tolima Conservatory with the degree title of Maestro in Music under the direction of Anibal Dos Santos. She then went on to graduate from the University of Northern Iowa where she earned her master’s degree in Viola Interpretation under the direction of Dr. Julia Bullard. 

During her musical career she has been meritoriously awarded scholarships by both institutions to represent them in events such as the Cartagena International Music Festival, The 3rdAnnual Meeting of String Quartets held by the Javeriana University, the National Meeting of Violists “Viola Night” 2012 held in Bogota (Colombia), the UNI Viola Festival held in Iowa (USA), Wintergreen Summer Music Academy held in Virginia (USA), and the Teatro el Lago Festival held in Frutillar (Chile) among others. 

She has participated in master classes as both a soloist and a member of chamber music ensembles under the direction of Basil Vendryes (First Viola of the Colorado Symphony), Victoria Chiang (founding member of the Aspen Trio), Hsin-Yun Huang (Julliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music), Roberto Diaz (Curtis Institute of Music), Nicole Diva (Australian Chamber Orchestra), Rebecca Jones (Callino Quartet), Daphne Gerling (University of North Texas), Steve Larson (Adaskin String Trio), and Ann Marie among others. 

She has performed recitals in the Alberto Castilla Hall, the Central University of Ibague auditorium, the Main Music Auditorium of the Tolima University, the Fabio Lozano auditorium of the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Graham Hall, and Davis Hall. She has also performed as a soloist with the Tolima Conservatory Symphonic Orchestra, the Tolima University Chamber Orchestra and the Bogota Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Andrea Carolina was a section member in the Bogota Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in 2014 and is currently a guest performer with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra. She has complemented her instrumental studies as a researcher with various research groups both in Colombia and abroad. This work as a researcher has allowed her to become familiar with a wide range of work related to instrumental music. One of her major achievements has been publishing an article titled “The Genesis of Benjamin Yusupov’s Viola Tango Rock” (2017) in the Journal of The American Viola Society. She was also the first Colombian Violist to win the Dalton Competition. 

At present she is working on various projects related to furthering instrumental research. Also, she is currently teaching in the Tolima Conservatory, her Alma Mater.