As a junior performance major at UTRGV, Andrés Vela has collected many accolades and prizes as both solo and orchestral player. Andrés has taken part in various prestigious programs, including the National Youth Orchestra of the USA for concerts at the Carnegie Hall and a performance tour of China under maestro Charles Dutoit in 2015, the Round Top Music Festival, the Classical Music Institute and the Aruba Symphony Festival. Most recently Andrés was selected to take part of the inaugural season of the Orchestra Excellence for a three-week appearance in the Festival Suono dal Golfo in Lerice, Italy under maestro Gianlucca Marciano. In 2015 Andrés received an Honorable Mention in the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition and he recently won the UTRGV Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Andrés has performed in master classes for many artists including Rex Surany, Scott Pingel, Thierry Barbé, Joel Quarrington, James VanDemark, Brett Shurtliffe and Claus Freudenstein. Andrés is product of the Edinburg CISD Orchestra program where he attended Economedes HS and was a 4-year member of the legendary Texas All-State Orchestra.
Brazilian double bassist Gabriel Preusse received a Masters Degree in Performance from UTRGV and both Performance and Music Education degrees from the University of Brasília, Brazil. Gabriel brings an exciting mix of Jazz, Brazilian vocal and instrumental music experiences to the ensemble. He comes to Texas from a busy career in the Brazilian music scene where he performed in a variety of settings. A prolific arranger, Gabriel's most recent work Afro Sambas for double bass quartet was premiered at the V European Double Bass Convention in Prague and at the ISB convention in Ithaca, NY. Currently, Gabriel holds a position of Orchestra Director at Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School.
Gabe Ramon is a sophomore Music Education major at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the newest member of the UTRGV Double Bass Quartet. Gabe first started playing double bass in 9th grade. His interest in music first began in elementary school when he started playing electric bass and since the age of 12, Gabe has been performing in local bands and various groups. Gabe then acquired a passion for classical music during his later high school years before he decided to audition to the UTRGV School of Music. Once he finishes college Gabe plans to become an orchestra director at a school to teach young students the importance of playing music.
George Amorim has been the double bass professor at UTRGV since 2006 where he has had the privilege of working with some of the finest student bass players in the state and from abroad. He also has had the honor of hosting dozens of guest artists as part of the annual ¡Viva el Bajo! South Texas Double Bass Festival.
p.s.: Daniel Morehead, pictured above with the quartet as a founding member, graduated with a degree in Performance at UTRGV and now is pursuing a graduate degree at the esteemed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. We are proud of Daniel and grateful for his time with the quartet.