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
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
Andrea has worked with undergraduate and graduate students at The Juilliard School, University of Southern California, Kansas University, Skidmore College, summer festivals, as well as masterclasses on tour in Spain, Brazil, China, Mexico and South Africa. She also worked at City College Academy for the Arts in New York as a Teaching Artist for Carnegie Hall. Having pursued cello and piano intensively throughout her university studies, she has been coaching her own students in New York in both instruments as well.
Andrea is a meticulous, challenging, but also warm and encouraging mentor. Creating a supportive environment is important to her, where students 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. She believes that a teacher carries an extremely important and beautiful responsibility, and she is passionate about providing that commitment to those who seek her guidance.
Her teaching schedule is currently full. However, she is always eager to listen and help. If you would like to ask for a lesson on Zoom, please use the contact page to send your name, email address, and a link where she can listen to your playing. This recording does not need to include the same piece(s) that you are hoping to work on. As soon as she is able, she will be in touch with you directly.