Andrey Gugnin (Russia) – Winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition
Andrey Gugnin was born in 1987. He graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory where he studied under Professor Vera Gornostayeva. Almost immediately after his graduation from the conservatory, he was invited to be a regular participant of the Moscow Philharmonic Society program for promising young artists The 21st Century Stars. Andrey is currently studying at the International Piano Academy Lake Como with Stanislav Ioudenitch and William Naboré.
Andrey is the winner of the Ernest Hutcheson First Prize of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition. He is also the winner of the Eileen Joyce Best Overall Concerto Prize, the Miriam Hyde Best 19th or 20th Century Concerto Prize, the Hephzibah Menuhin Best Violin and Piano Sonata Prize and the Roger Smalley Best Preliminaries Round 1 Recital Prize. In addition, as part of his first prize, he gave a 33 venue recital tour and orchestra engagements in Australia in 2017, concerto performances with Maestro Valery Gergiev in the 2016/2017 season and a return invitation in 2017/2018 at the Contemporary Piano Faces Mariinsky International Piano Festival St Petersburg and in 2018 will record a CD for Hyperion Records along with recitals in Europe and North America and made his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in January.
Other recent prizes include the Gold Medal and Audience Award: Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition (Salt Lake City, USA 2014), Equal First Prize: Valsesia Musica International Piano Competition (Valsesia, Italy 2014), Equal Second Prize: International Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Competition (Vienna, Austria 2013) and Second Prize: EPTA International Piano Competition Svetislav Stančić (Zagreb, Croatia 2011).
Andrey tours as a recitalist, a chamber music partner and a soloist with orchestras having performing in more than twenty countries and at venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, the Eastman School of Music, the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Moscow International House of Music, the Louvre, the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, the Zagreb Opera and Vienna’s Musikverein. He is a passionate educator having given masterclasses in Russia, USA, Finland, Australia, Croatia and Japan.
He has collaborated with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Symphony Orchestra of the Saint-Petersburg Cappella, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo New City Orchestra, the Israel Camerata, the Utah Symphony Orchestra, the Asko Schönberg ensemble and the Camerata Salzburg and Raanana Symphonette among other. He has been welcomed as a guest artist at the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Mariinsky International Festival, the Musical Olympus festival, the Art-November International Festival of Arts, Vivacello, Ars-longa, the Ohrid Summer Festival, the Summer Evenings in Zagreb festival, the Youth Festival in Aberdeen and the Bermuda Islands Performing Arts Festival and many others. Recently he established the ‘Takebe-cho Chamber Music Festival – Gugnin and Friends’ in Japan.
Andrey’s discography includes piano concertos by Shostakovich together with the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia (Delos International, 2007) and music for piano duo “iDuo” (together with Vadim Kholodenko, Delos International, 2010). The recording of Shostakovich concerti was used in the soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning film, ‘Bridge of Spies’. He has recorded for TV and radio in Russia, The Netherlands, Croatia, Austria, Switzerland and the USA.
Highlights of upcoming engagements will include concerto performances in Asia with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Svetlanov State and Mariinsky Orchestras, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Jerusalem Camerata among others. The 2018 season will also feature chamber music collaborations in Adelaide Australia, the Malta Festival, Bard and Newport Festivals USA, Duszniki Chopin International Festival, throughout New Zealand partnering with the winner of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition and in the UK with violinist Tasmin Little.