Andres Boiarsky (b.1957) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he began music lessons as a young child. He started taking an interest in jazz in 1972 when he saw a Duke Ellington concert in Buenos Aires. Later, he attended a Dizzy Gillespie performance and was inspired by the trumpeter to study jazz. Andres is thoroughly versed in the classics, having studied at a conservatory in Argentina and the Royal College of Music in England. Boiarsky made New York his permanent residence in the mid-´80s, working as musical directory for Lionel Hampton´s Orchestra (´89-´93) playing in Paquito D´Rivera´s United Nation Orchestra (´93-present), and collaborating with Claudio Roditi on a string of samba-tinged jazz recordings. He may be heard as a leader on his album Into the Light (Reservoir).