Composer J. Andrés Ballesteros (b. 1991) received his B.A. in Music in 2013 from Harvard University. While there, he studied with Chaya Czernowin, Hans Tutschku, Edgar Barroso, and Trevor Bača, and he is deeply thankful for all of them. Prior to his studies at Harvard, he attended Southwest Guilford High School (High Point, NC) and studied with Jack Jarrett. He has also studied at the European American Musical Alliance at the Schola Cantorum 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.
Andrés has enjoyed writing music for a wide range of ensembles, from professional groups including the Talea Ensemble, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, and the Callithumpian Consort; to amateur groups such as the Greensboro Youth Chorus, the Harvard University Wind Ensemble, the Brattle Street Chamber Players, and the Mozart Society Orchestra; to several middle and high school ensembles. He has also written for several short films which have screened at festivals in New York, Boston, and Chicago; and other media such as podcasts, e-books, and apps.
He has been honored to receive a number of national and international prizes and recognitions, among them the Music Educators National Conference National Talent Search, the RED NOTE New Music Festival, two honorable mentions in the Notion Realize Music Challenge, and two honorable mentions in the Pikes Peak Young Composers’ Competition. Andrés was the recipient of the 2012 John Green Fellowship from the Harvard University Music Department in support of "excellence in musical composition" and of a 2013 Davidson Travelling Fellowship.
Beyond composition, Andrés is involved with education through his work in the Music Department at the Boston Arts Academy, where he teaches music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, and creative writing, many of which are based on original curricula. He founded and advised the Classical Music, Film Music, and Composition Clubs at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School from 2011 until 2014. He remains an active member of his community through additional volunteer work and engaged citizenship via the Franklin D. Roosevelt Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America, among others.