Flutist Guilherme Andreas began his musical journey in the wind ensemble at a church in Brazil. He started his Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance at the age of 16 working with Dr. Beatriz Magalhães Castro, in the University of Brasilia. Even without finishing his Bachelor’s, he auditioned for a flute position with the Brazilian Marine Wind Symphony in Rio de Janeiro where he eventually held the principal flute position of this distinguished ensemble for 4 years. Once in Rio, Andreas finished his Bachelor’s studying with the French- Brazilian Professor Odette Ernest Dias in the Brazilian Music Conservatory, where he also earned a diploma in Chamber Music under the direction of the principal cellist with Brazilian Symphony, Sr. David Chew. Andreas also studied with Claudia Ribeiro do Nascimento (São Paulo Symphony) and Michel Bellavance (Music Conservatory of Geneva).
A versatile musician, he is equally at home as soloist and chamber musician. Known for his powerful sound and inspired phrasing, Andreas toured as a soloist with the Marine band in several concerts in many theaters all over Brazil. He simultaneously performed recitals with the Gaubert Trio – Guilherme Andreas, flute; Maria Luisa Lundberg, piano; and Luiz Sales, cello; presenting insightful, and heartfelt interpretations of the rich repertoire for this combination of instruments. Andreas also performed as the substitute 3rd Flute/Piccolo with Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. A captivating performer, young composers from Rio de Janeiro selected Andreas to premier numerous pieces written for solo flute.
Andreas’ refined technique, interpretation and engaging stage presence have earned first prize in many national competitions in Brazil including the São Paulo Symphony Masterclass Competition (performing for Emmanuel Pahud), the 1st Prize in the Young Soloists Competition of the Eleazar de Carvalho Music Festival and the Eduardo Tagliatti Prize for the Best Music Interpretation of the Prokofieff Flute Sonata in the Eduardo Tagliatti Chamber Music Competition. In 2014 Andreas won the Musica no Museu National Competition that awarded him a scholarship to pursuit a Master’s in Flute Performance at James Madison University in America. Once in the States, he performed the Reinecke Flute Concerto with the JMU Symphony as one of just two winners of the JMU Concerto Competition. In spring of 2015, he also won the Washington Flute Society Masterclass Competition, playing for Ms. Leone Buyse. Upon graduating with his Master’s degree in flute performance from JMU, Andreas hopes to continue his intensive study of the flute to launch a career as an orchestral musician and soloist.