He began his musical studies at the age of 14 years-old in the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela(El Sistema), studying clarinet with Valdemar Rodríguez and Alejandro Montes de Oca, who is currently the president of the “Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela”. A year later, he joins the “Orquesta Juvenil de la Rinconada” where he did orchestral practice. As Clarinetist he continued his academic studies with professors Alan Troudart, Eloy Salgado, Mark Friedman and master classes with the great French clarinetist Michel Lethiec.
In 1991 became part of the “Orquesta Sinfónica de Miranda,” and “Banda Marcial de Caracas”. The same year he decided to venture into popular music and began studying saxophone with professor Manuel Barrios. He studied modern harmony, traditional harmony, arrangements, counterpoint,
composition, orchestration and improvisation with Gerry Weil, Alex Rodriguez, Alvaro Cordero, Terry Bonilla and Julio Mendoza.
He became part of renowned Venezuelan bands and artists such as Franco De Vita, Desorden Público, Aditus and Bacalao Men, touring the United States, Latin America, Asia and Europe. He has participated in the Orinoco Jazz Festival, Festival de Jazz y nuevas propuestas , Jazz Festival at the University of Carabobo and worked with artists such as Yordano di Marzo, Mulato, Sergio Perez, Cheo Feliciano, Oscar de Leon, Al Martino, Don Cornell, Julius La Rosa, The Platters, Jerry Rivera, Andy Montañez, Un Solo Pueblo, Isabel Pantoja, Jose Luis Rodriguez “El Puma”, Saxomania,
Soledad Bravo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Sentimiento Muerto, Frank Quintero, Gerry Weil, Andrés Briceño and Porfi Jimene’s Big Band.
Julio Andrade plays SCHAGERL Model 66 Vintage Saxophones
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