An exceedingly accomplished musician, Andrés González is a tireless advocate for transformative youth music education and advancement opportunities for young professional musicians, recently recognized by Yamaha Music USA as an outstanding music educator by including him in the prestigious list of “40 Under 40”
He was trained through the renowned social and musical program in Venezuela, El Sistema founded by his mentor, Maestro José Antonio Abreu. He began his musical journey at the age of two with a baton (picture), cello, and trumpet with his father, Antonio González. In 1994, Andrés would go on to join the trumpet section and ranks of guest conductor of the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela, touring throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Throughout his training path as a trumpet player and conductor, he has been tutored by Gary Nuñez, Leonardo Mendez, Alfredo D’Addona, Rolf Smedvig, Vladimir Kafelnikov, Thomas Clamor, Marc Reese, Rafael Zambrano, Eduardo Manzanilla, Jairo Hernandez, Max Sommerhalder, Lukas Beno, Gabor Taerkovi, Tarcisio Barreto, Mario Benzecry, Colin Metters, Luis Miguel Clemente, among others.
Professionally, González would perform under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra for thirteen seasons and served on the faculty of the Latin American Trumpet Academy. He served as the Music Director of the José Francisco del Castillo Youth Orchestra in Caracas and as a guest conductor of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of El Chaco, Argentina. In 2018 was appointed Music Director of Play On Philly.
Andrés has assisted Gustavo Dudamel with the YOLA National Festival Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Rafael Payare with the San Diego Symphony.
In 2023, González made his debut with the San Diego Symphony and will debut with the Calgary Philharmonic in 2024.
He holds a degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Simón Bolívar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela, and training from the Atlantic Coast International Conducting Academy in Portugal. He currently resides outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife, Lisbeth, and two children Aranza and Camilo.