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Jorge Andrés Bellesteros, Composer

J. Andrés Ballesteros is a composer, educator, and speaker based in Cambridge, MA. A

polystylist, his works are centered in the classical music vernacular but include a variety of

musical styles, from Latin music to electronics and theater.

A Latino 30 Under 30 honoree and recipient of awards from the Asia/America Music Institute and

Harvard University, among others, Andr.s is regularly commissioned to create collaborative

projects that engage with youth and community organizations in creating original works around

social issues they face. His work as a composer and activist was recently recognized in Ana

Francisca Vega’s book Corazón de Mexicanos Como Yo, highlighting 50 Mexican-Americans who

broke boundaries.

Andrés has been recognized for his leadership in working to expand the representation and

performance of works by historically-underrepresented composers and has twice been invited to

speak at the National Conference for the League of American Orchestras on this important

cause. In 2017, he led a team of musicians and community leaders working directly with the

Boston Symphony on diversifying their programming, leading to a significant change in the BSO’s

approach the very next season. He has continued this work as the Executive Director of Eureka

Ensemble, an innovative musical group focused on nurturing social change through music, and

elsewhere through talks and consulting.

Andrés excels in creating works for a wide range of ensembles and genres and has been

commissioned by several groups, including Talea Ensemble, Juventas New Music, and the

Callithumpian Consort to the Greensboro Youth Chorus, the Brattle Street Chamber Players, and

the Mozart Society Orchestra. He has also written for several short films and a documentary

(which have screened at festivals in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Providence, RI) and for other

media such as podcasts, e-books, and apps. Previously, he taught music history,

ethnomusicology, music theory, and creative writing at Boston Arts Academy.

Andrés received his B.A. in Music from Harvard University, where he studied with Chaya

Czernowin, Hans Tutschku, Edgar Barroso, and Trevor Bača. He is deeply grateful to all of them.

Prior to his studies at Harvard, he started composing with Jack Jarrett in North Carolina. He has

also studied at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France; at the highSCORE

festival in the Milanese suburb of Pavia, Italy; and at the Harvard Summer Composition Institute in

Concord and Cambridge, MA.

In his free time, Andrés volunteers in local musical and social initiatives, including Boston Hope

Music (2020-present), a platform providing hope and healing through music for those at the

frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also sings with the Jameson Singers and has taken

leadership roles through Scouts BSA and as a faculty dean’s aide at Adams House in Harvard

College. When not doing music, he can be found cooking or exploring Greater Boston.


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