Andrés Carrizo was born in Panama City in 1982. The son of a professional jazz arranger and musician, Carrizo was introduced to music at an early age. While attending Williams College (2000-2004), Andrés began studying composition with Ileana Perez-Velazquez and David Kechley. Upon graduation he received the Robert G. Barrow Award for Excellence in Music Composition. He then moved to Buenos Aires to study composition privately with Argentine pianist and composer Gerardo Gandini. This period was followed by studies at Bowling Green State University (2005-2007) under Burton Beerman, Marilyn Shrude and Mikel Kuehn. In March 2014, Carrizo completed a Doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Chicago, with Shulamit Ran, Marta Ptaszynska and Augusta Read Thomas.
Carrizo’s music has been commissioned by Ensemble Dal Niente, the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Spektral Quartet. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the MusicArte Panama Contemporary Music Festival and has served as Panama’s Cultural Attaché to Israel. Currently, Andrés works as the director of orchestras at Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.