Andrés Cárdenes is passionate voice for the arts. He has received international recognition as a multi-talented musician and humanitarian. The charismatic Cuban-born violinist has developed his musical gifts into one of the most versatile careers in classical music. He is acclaimed for his solo violin performances, skill as a concertmaster, conductor, and teacher.
The 2010-2011 concert season marks a special time in Cárdenes’ nearly 40 year career. After more than two decades serving as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster, Andrés Cárdenes has made the daring decision to resign.
As the orchestra’s concertmaster, he performed difficult violin solos, provided leadership to the orchestra, and was an effective liaison between the orchestra’s conductor and its string section. Lorin Maazel, the symphony’s former Music Director said, “He is a remarkable artist and violinist, and a superb concertmaster, which is indeed another talent. As music director, I was thrilled to have him by my side."
Cárdenes took his final bow with the Pittsburgh Symphony on June 13, 2010. This bold decision will give him the rare opportunity to set his own schedule, pursue his many other interests, and above all, it will give him more time to spend with his family.
Since 1982 when he won second prize in the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, Cárdenes has performed with more than 100 of the world’s finest orchestras and collaborated with many distinguished conductors. He is also in increasing demand as a conductor.
When he is not performing, Cárdenes holds master classes in violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Manhattan School in New York City, and at many universities and music conservatories in the United States.
Andrés Cárdenes served as a cultural ambassador for UNICEF from 1980-1991 and has received numerous awards for his teaching, performances, recordings and humanitarian efforts.