After growing up in Wausau, Wisconsin, cellist and SBCE director Michael Andrews attended the University of Wisconsin and University of Illinois, where he studied with Gabriel Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet. Following graduation he moved to Boston to study with George Neikrug. For five years Mr. Andrews played with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas, Venezuela, taught at the orchestra's conservatory and toured Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Returning to the US he taught and performed at the Wausau Conservatory of Music. In Florida he has played in the Naples Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Philharmonic and the Symphony of the Americas. In August 2005 he played at the Villa-Lobos Museum in Rio de Janeiro with violinist Thomas Moore, part of SBCE's Music in Motion: Miami to Rio. In June 2006 he created a successful annual chamber music festival, South Beach Up North, in his hometown. In September 2007 he and Mr. Moore toured Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Buenos Aires with their second Music in Motion project. Past travels have included Paris, Lourdes and Budapest. Mr. Andrews implemented and taught a chamber music program at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy for Girls, South Miami and at Fisher Island Day School. He continues to teach cello privately.