Meet Miami’s Biggest Movers & Shakers: Michael Andrews

Photo by Ginny Dixon

Photo by Ginny Dixon

This fall, we asked readers to nominate Miami’s biggest Movers & Shakers. With dozens of amazing stories, our accomplished judges had their work cut out for them when it came to narrowing down the Top 10 Movers & Shakers of 2014!

With the official results in, we’re going to be taking a closer look at each winner and share their incredible stories in the coming weeks.

First up, meet South Beach resident Michael Andrews, Executive Artistic Director of the South Beach Chamber Ensemble and your 2014 People’s Choice “Mover & Shaker” winner!

Originally from Wisconsin, Michael couldn’t resist the tropical climates and flourishing cultural scene of Miami, and decided to make the move in 1991. He had “the sense [that] something big [was] about to happen in South Beach.”

He was right. Just a few years later, he became an integral part of the South Beach musical community, founding the South Beach Chamber Ensemble in 1997.

Check out our complete interview with Michael Andrews below:

Miami Happening: What motivates you every morning?

Michael: Teaching with the Miami Music Project and performing with the group I founded in 1997, the South Beach Chamber Ensemble.

Miami Happening: What would you say is your idea of a perfect day?

Michael: A great rehearsal of challenging string quartets in the morning, afternoon at the 12th Street Beach, and a home cooked dinner.

Miami Happening:Who do inspires you?

Michael: The Dalai Lama. Young beginning music students.

Miami Happening: How did you decide to become a professional musician?

Michael: When I was in high school, I knew I wanted to play the cello for the rest of my life.

Miami Happening: Which achievement are you most proud of?

Michael: Founding the South Beach Chamber Ensemble.

Miami Happening:  What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

Michael: Having people know who we are and getting them to attend our fabulous concerts.

Miami Happening: What is the biggest accomplishment that you’d like to achieve over the next 5 years?

Michael: Being able to perform more concerts around south Florida and taking Fantasma, our puppet show collaboration with puppet master Jim Hammond, on a world tour.

Miami Happening: How do you think your friends & coworkers would describe you?

Michael: Authentic. Unstoppable. Committed.

Miami Happening: Where’s your favorite place to go in Miami?

Michael: Miami Beach Botanical Garden


Miami Happening: If you could go back in time and talk to yourself ten years ago, what advice would you give?

Michael: Don’t give up.

Miami Happening: We’re so glad you didn’t! Congratulations!

You can find information about upcoming concerts from the South Beach Chamber Ensemble here.

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