Young Steinway Artist, Andrew Vargas, engages audiences with his virtuosic and confident command of the piano. He has been praised for his mature musical artistry, sense of harmonic color, impressive technique, and for giving his audiences an exciting and energetic performance. In June 2020, Vargas was selected as a Young Artist in Art of the Piano International Festival in Cincinnati modeled after the masterclasses of Franz Liszt. He also received numerous academic, composition, and artistic scholarships in May 2019, and as a Nordan Young Artist, he studies Piano Performance at Texas Christian University under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár.
As a National Finalist in the MTNA Senior Piano Division, Vargas participated in the MTNA finals in Baltimore, Maryland in March 2017. In June 2016, he participated in PianoTexas International Academy and Festival where he achieved first place in the PianoTexas concerto competition and performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of internationally-renown Irish concert pianist/conductor, Barry Douglas. Vargas has also placed first two years in a row in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and as a result has performed twice at Carnegie Hall.
He has participated in master classes with Enrico Elisi, Edna Golandsky, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Harold Martina, John Owings, and Lori Sims, as well as having had private lessons with Davide Cabassi, Barry Douglas, Christopher Elton, Edna Golandsky, Alexander McDonald, and Igor Resnianski.
Utilizing his God-given creativity to compose fresh and adventurous piano music, his compositions have been nationally recognized and applauded. In 2016, his piano solo suite, Phantasms, was the National First Place Composition Winner for the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) and a final selection in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition.
According to judges, Phantasms is a "Tour de Force" and "demonstrates a great deal of compositional skill, is harmonically courageous, superbly crafted, and is truly a valuable contribution to the piano literature." Currently, Vargas is exploring the art song genre and has set Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening for piano and alto. He is also currently setting Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken and has also recently composed for string quartet.
Andrew Vargas serves his community by sharing his love for classical music and experiences great joy as he performs in senior centers, student groups, and churches. He has also appeared as a guest performer for an array of non-profit organizations, among them The Gaylord Pickens Heritage Museum and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
I am a 19 year old aspiring concert pianist. It is a pleasure for me to share the God given gift of music. I am truly grateful to those who continue to support my piano career and to the pianists who have mentored me throughout the years.