Andrés Yauri was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1989. He began his musical education in El Sistema at the age of 12 in El Nucleo San Agustin, and continued his studies at the Simón Bolivar Conservatory under the tutelage of Omar Ascanio and Geronis Bravo.
Andrés left Venezuela in 2010 to study with international bassoon soloist Stefano Canuti, supported by a full scholarship from the Spanish Conservatory of Aragon. In 2013, he moved to England to continue studying with Stefano Canuti at the Royal Northern College of Music, generously supported by the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust.
He has performed with orchestras in Venezuela and across Europe, including Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, as first bassoon with Golla Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta del Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón. Andrés was Principal Bassoon of the Caracas Youth Symphony Orchestra between 2005-2010, and in February 2010, joined the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra for the Lucerne Festival’s winter season. In 2015, Andrés participated in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy, which included concerts across Germany in Dortmund, Essen and Köln.
Andrés has performed under the baton of world-renowned conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Dietrich Paredes, Claudio Abbado, and Krzysztof Penderecki, and has participated in masterclasses with distinguished artists including Sergio Azzolini, Stefano Canuti, Henning Trog and musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
He has competed in numerous festivals, in 2011 winning first prize in a competition supported by Ibercaja in Zaragoza, Spain. In June 2016, Andrés won the RNCM Gold Medal competition and will be performing at the Wigmore Hall in March 2017 in the Gold Medal winner’s concert.
Andrés’ place in Southbank Sinfonia is generously supported by Kitty Schmidt.
What do you love about classical music?
I love the power it has to join people to make music from all kind of provenance, social class, religion or race. It is an art from that brings us closer to our human side.
What do you think concerts of the future should look like?
No more bow ties and fancy dresses, just people sitting (or standing up) enjoying music. Complex music presented in a non-complex way…
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us
Before playing the bassoon, I briefly played the trombone for about 6 months.