I feel very fortunate to have had extremely caring and dedicated mentors throughout my musical life. Mentors like Maria de Macedo, Ludmil Angelov, Amit Peled, and Ralph Kirshbaum have influenced me in ways that will never leave me.
Cultivating my excitement towards music making and welcoming the substantial influence my mentors have had on me has been a very important part of my teaching philosophy.
I found that reflecting on my own development as a learner has provided me great perspective regarding my own students.
I believe that a teacher carries an extremely important and beautiful responsibility, and I am passionate about providing that commitment to those who seek my guidance.
I have had the opportunity to work with undergraduate and graduate students at The Juilliard School, as well as at Skidmore College, University of Southern California, Kansas University, and masterclasses on tour - all of which have been very rewarding experiences. I also worked at City College Academy for the Arts in New York City as a Teaching Artist for Carnegie Hall, which allowed me to continue exploring creative skills and provide guidance to a wide range of students’ needs and levels. I focused on both cello and piano throughout my university studies, and I currently teach my own private studio in New York for students in both instruments as well.
I have learned that being curious and creative throughout my practice sessions has greatly enhanced my own development. Imparting that same excitement of discovery in my students as they journey into a new piece is central to my teaching style. It is essential to me that they feel emotionally connected to the learning process.
I am a meticulous, challenging, but also warm and encouraging mentor. Creating a supportive environment is equally important to me, where someone may have the freedom to explore new concepts, take risks, try new techniques, ask questions, and, ultimately, form their own opinions to find out what their path with music may be.
Working with Andrea Casarrubios
Working with Andrea is always such a rewarding experience. Her calm demeanor paired with her incredible talent as a teacher and player allows her to create a welcoming and encouraging space for lessons. After every lesson I had, I always felt like I was leaving with a whole new set of skills and ideas that I could start applying to my playing. Even year to year, I found that Andrea was able to change her teaching style to accommodate exactly what I needed.
George Dilthey, cellist
Skidmore College Class of 2016
Andrea Casarrubios came to my school to teach in the fall of 2014. I knew from our first phone conversation that she was highly creative, thoughtful, and empathetic. I have been so blessed to know her and work with her for two years. Together we facilitated concerts, composition projects, art projects, instrument building, and even essay writing. Her talents are many (she is of course a world class cellist). I highly recommend her as a teacher or coach.
Jeff Haley, Music Teacher
Washington Heights, New York City
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take a lesson with Andrea at Skidmore College. The lesson was one of the most inspiring and motivating hours of my musical career thus far. She approached the piece I was working on at the time, Myaskovsky’s Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano, with a holistic style. She focused on enhancing broad aspects of my playing that would benefit me in the future. Her warmth and kindness made for a relaxed atmosphere during the lesson, allowing me to more easily grasp the ideas she was looking to convey. By the end of the lesson I had acquired a more enlightened perspective towards the cello, and also its relationship to the human body. She demonstrated that it is extremely important to be conscious of your body and surroundings while playing, not just your instrument. Her love for music and the cello is clearly visible when she teaches and performs, it is truly inspirational.
Olivia Cox, cellist
Skidmore College Class of 2018
Double Major in Political Science and Music
Andrea and I met in Los Angeles where I was enchanted by her beautiful playing. When she moved to New York, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her and I found her to be a very supportive, sensitive, and effective teacher. She was always there for me when I needed it. Andrea was tremendously helpful during my preparation for various competitions and recitals. Being such an experienced artist herself, she is deeply knowledgable about performing, bringing hours of work to the stage. I thank her for helping me become a more complete musician, both technically and intellectually.
Yi Qun Xu, cellist
Kovner Fellow, B.M. '18
The Juilliard School