Venezuelan born cellist Aristides Rivas leads a versatile musical career, combining different performing and educational projects. As a cellist he plays with Boston Ballet, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, A Far Cry, Grammy nominated Julian Lage Group, and the emerging Voci Angelica Trio, which specializes in international folk music. Aristides also performs solo recitals and chamber music concerts, collaborating with artists such as multi Grammy winner Paquito D-Rivera and pianist Gabriela Montero. As an educator, Aristides teaches at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Project Step in Boston and in his private home studio in Jamaica Plain. Inspired by his own training in the Venezuelan music/social program El Sistema, he has recently co-founded an afterschool music program in the city of Everett, MA, provid ing low cost music education for the community. Among the most prestigious performance venues, Aristides has performed at Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Music Festival, Jordan Hall in Boston, Newport Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, North Sea Jazz in Netherlands, and the Barbican in London. Aristides studied at Baylor University in Texas and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. His teachers include Roberto Zambrano (Venezuela), Nicolai Sarpe (Venezuela/Italy) , and in the US, Gary Hardie, Natasha Brofsky, and Darrett Adkins. Aristides has also studied privately with Bernard Greenhouse and Natalia Gutman. Aristides is most honored to join the Pro Arte family and looks forward to the upcoming performances with the orchestra.