Young Steinway Artist, Andrew Vargas, engages audiences with his virtuosic and confident command of the piano. In 2022, Vargas won the Silver Medal in the Advanced Division at the Manhattan International Music Competition and received an Honorable Mention in the Budapest Concert Division at the Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition in 2021. He was the 2022 recipient of the Enlight Prize from the Art of the Piano Festival hosted by Awadagin Pratt. For two consecutive years, Vargas was awarded the First Prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and performed twice in Carnegie Hall.
Also an avid composer, his compositions have been nationally recognized and applauded. In 2020, he premiered his first piano sonata to an enthusiastic audience at the Art of the Piano Festival. 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. A "Tour de Force" according to judges, Phantasms "demonstrates a great deal of compositional skill, is harmonically courageous, superbly crafted, and is truly a valuable contribution to the piano literature."
As a Nordan Young Artist, he currently studies Piano Performance at Texas Christian University under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár.