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Chicago Panamerican Ensemble
Andrew Snow, Cellist & Beatriz Helguera, Pianist

ANDREW SNOW, cellist
A native of Chicago, Andrew Snow holds a Bachelor Degree in Cello Performance from Northern Illinois University, where he was a student of Marc Johnson, the cellist of the world renowned Vermeer String Quartet, and a Master Degree in cello Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU (Southern Methodist University) where he was a student of the late Russian cellist Lev Aronson.

He attended the Summer Cleveland Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival , where he had lessons with cellist Alan Harris; and has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival. He also studied with Chicago Symphony's cellist Richard Hirschl and Lyric Opera of Chicago's cellist Marijane Carr. Mr. Snow is an active recitalist, chamber musician, orchestra musician, and teacher.

With his wife, pianist Beatriz Helguera- Snow, he has performed in Mexico City and Guadalajara in many recital halls including Sala Carlos Chavez (as part of the International Music Series), Sala Ponce in the Palace of Fine Arts (Bellas Artes) and Sala Julian Carrillo of UNAM Radio (University of Mexico Radio). He is a member of the Chicago Ensemble, where he has performed numerous times on classical WFMT radio in live performance broadcasts.

He was the cellist of the Lyra Quartet for almost a decade (quartet in residence at Carthage College, Wisconsin), performing every year a variety of programs with music from baroque to contemporary and he was principal cellist with Kenosha Symphony for several years. Mr. Snow is a member of Chicago Sinfonietta, Lake Forest Symphony (assistant principal cellist), Chicago Philarmonic, and has played with Grant Park Symphony, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago String Ensemble, Ars Viva, Chicago Symphonic Pops (with whom he traveled to Taiwan as principal cellist), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Lyric Opera, Plano Texas Chamber Orchestra (principal cello), Filarmonica Ciudad de Mexico (in Mexico City) and many more. He has also played with the Contemporary Chamber Players, Fulcrum Point, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and has been in orchestras accompanying names such as Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti and many more. As a teacher, he was department head of the cello department at Betty Haag Suzuki School from 1987 to 1997, where he taught dozens of young cellists and prepared them for their annual Orchestra Hall concert.

As an active clinician, he coaches cello sectionals of youth orchestras, is invited to judge student competitions, and since 1997 holds a private cello studio in Arlington Heights. In 2006 he was recruited to join the faculty at Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois). Andrew and Beatriz have 2 children: Elena, mezzo soprano, who is a graduate from DePaul University with a Bachelor in Arts in Vocal Performance and Photography; and Alan, who is a Violin Performance major at Indiana University in Bloomington.