Rita Andrade has established a vibrant residence in the heart of Los Angeles as a violist in the realms of film, television, chamber music and orchestral recording sessions.
As a performance major in college at UT Austin, Rita’s classical training was heavily influenced by her involvement as a grassroots member of the chamber pop ensemble, Mother Falcon. That transformative time led her to co-found the ATLYS String Quartet, after finishing a second degree at DePaul University. ATLYS has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, sailed the seas representing Lincoln Center of NYC, shared the stage with Oprah and released an acoustic album with EDM artist Seven Lions that led to performances together at Red Rocks and The Gorge Amphitheaters. Alongside many performances at concert halls and festivals alike, ATLYS has adeptly cultivated a prestigious reputation as a refined live and remote session ensemble, marked by multifarious collaborations with many artists and composers.
Rita’s orchestral path stands equally luminous, including her role as assistant principal with the Civic Orchestra in the 2015/2016 season and fellowship memberships with both the Grant Park Symphony and Chicago Sinfonietta.
Rita’s orchestral experience undoubtedly nurtured her profound delight in playing for film orchestras. Among her accomplishments is a contribution to the score of "Avatar: The Way of Water," as a member of the viola section. Rita's sonic footprint continues to extend to a myriad of recent and forthcoming cinematic productions, television episodes, and documentaries.
A few performance highlights include sharing the stage with a string orchestra and Björk at Coachella, John Legend at the Emmys, Chris Martin on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Celeste at The Oscars, Encanto Live and Game of Thrones Live at Hollywood Bowl.
Outside of her musical pursuits, Rita loves being near the ocean or the mountains of LA, perusing farmer's markets and embracing the nuance and beauty of a creative life.