Andrea Casarrubios

photo: Anne Freitag

Praised by The New York Times for having “traversed the palette of emotions” with “gorgeous tone and an edge of-seat intensity” and described by Diario de Menorca as an “ideal performer” that offers “elegance, displayed virtuosity, and great expressive power,” Spanish-born cellist and composer Andrea Casarrubios has played as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. First Prize winner of numerous international competitions and awards, Casarrubios has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Piatigorsky, Ravinia, and Verbier Festivals. Her latest engagements include commissions and concerts in Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, and the United States. 

Casarrubios’ album, Caminante, presents some of her own original music. Released on Odradek Records, it was chosen as one of the “Best 2019 Classical Music Albums” by Australia’s ABC Classic, celebrating her artistry as “superhuman.” As a guest soloist at Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Casarrubios performed her own Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, MIRAGE (2019). Her solo cello work SEVEN (2020) “a searching, intense, and elegiac tribute to the essential workers during the pandemic” (The New York Times) was commissioned by Thomas Mesa, and performed at Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium in 2021 among other venues. Composer-in-residence at the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival (2020-22), Casarrubios’ compositions have been programmed worldwide, presented by organizations such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Sphinx Organization, Washington Performing Arts, Manhattan Chamber Players, the European Parliament, NPR, and the Spanish National Radio (RNE).

Solo appearances as a cellist include performances of F. Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata in A minor arranged for cello and orchestra by Casarrubios herself, as well as a collaboration with composer Leticia Armijo performing a new version of Nan lu’um K’inal for cello and strings, based on her extensive research into the songs of the indigenous languages of Mexico. Casarrubios will also record some of her own works for cello and orchestra such as 24 Mozas, while touring a solo recital program of a wide range of repertoire from Johann Sebastian Bach to Xavier Foley.

A dedicated mentor, she has taught masterclasses at The Juilliard School, University of Southern California, Eastman School of Music, City University of New York, Missouri State University, as well as at numerous festivals and institutions on tour. Her cello teachers have included Maria de Macedo, Lluis Claret, Amit Peled, Marcy Rosen, and Ralph Kirshbaum. She is an alumna of Ensemble Connect, and as part of her Doctoral degree in New York, Casarrubios also studied composition with John Corigliano.


Our Stories

Release Date: November 3, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6571
21st Century
Featuring cellist Thomas Mesa and pianist Michelle Cann, OUR STORIES from Navona Records aims to raise the voices of composers and performers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in classical music. Made possible by PARMA Recordings and a Sphinx MPower Grant, this release musically conveys a diverse mixture of themes and topics, from the intricacies and curiosities of human communication to fear-inducing information prevalent in the media, reflections on the acceptance of life's inevitable changes and losses, and more. Dive in and explore the masterful contemporary works of Andrea Casarrubios, Carlos Carrillo, Kevin Day, Sebastian Quesada, and Mario Oyanadel.