Andrés Vaccaro

Andrés Vaccaro


Venezuelan/Italian        Age: 19

Johannes Brahms
E minor cello sonata N°1 (First movement)

Gaspar Cassadó

Venezuelan cellist Andrés Vaccaro is a 19-year-old student at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where his teacher is the distinguished cellist, Ailbhe McDonagh.   Born in Valencia City, his talent and love of music was recognised at an early age when at five, he was awarded a place at the most important school of music in Carabobo state “Conservatorio de Música de Carabobo (CMC)”.

In 2019, he won a scholarship to attend the “Festival Cellistiko edición 2019” at The Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music in San Juan. He has participated in masterclasses with distinguished cellist teachers such as Aleksander Osokin and Santiago Cañón-Valencia, and this year he selected by RIAM to attend The Saline Royale Academy in France for a cello course with Japanese cello master, Tsuyoshi Tsusumi, a former student of János Starker.

Recently Andrés won the prestigious 2024 Maura Dowdall Competition and Colin Staveley Memorial Prize at RIAM, which will see him perform as a distinguished soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland on summer 2025 and he has also won the 2nd place prize in the Vienna Classical music competition Spring season 2024.

Programme Notes

The aim of this repertoire is to show a spectrum of variated colours in different music styles. Starting with a German composer, the first movement of the Brahms E minor cello sonata is considered one of most iconic cello sonatas of the nineteenth century; I chose this piece as it offers a full set of powerful and diverse feelings in a single movement. This piece transmits me an indescribable passion, a climax beguiled by delighting tensions, and a calm ending in E major, which I find the perfect conclusion.

To contrast the German sonata, I chose a Spanish style piece: Requiebros by Gaspar Cassadó. It offers a charming and vibrant melody, held by the typical Spanish harmony. This piece fits with the energetic style of my playing, making possible to express myself with all freedom.