A native of Edinburg, Texas, double bassist Andres Vela holds degrees from Rice University and the University of Texas (Rio Grande Valley). He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy, in the summer of 2022. Andres has also participated in such summer festivals as Music Academy of the West, Texas Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. In 2018 he performed J.B. Vanhal’s Concerto in D with the Akademisches Orchester Leipzig and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra. He was the First prize-winner of the 2018 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition and a semi-finalist in the 2021 Sphinx Competition, a national competition offering mentorship and performance opportunities to young Black and Latinx classical string players.