Chopin Preludes CD Released
Andrew's debut recording of Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op. 28 has been released worldwide on the Zig-Zag Territoires label and distributed by Naxos in the United States. Recorded in January at the Teldex Studio in Berlin, the CD also includes two additional preludes, the G-flat major Impromptu and Mazurkas, Op. 59. Read more at the Zig-Zag website or watch the trailer video.
After highly praised recital and concerto debuts in Moscow in January, Andrew has joined the roster of the Artists Agency of the International Arts Festival «Art-November». He will be represented by Yana Tiefbenkel for concerts in the Russian Federation, Baltic States, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus States. Andrew tours Eastern Europe in December, and will debut with Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow State Philharmonic in Fall of 2015.
Queen Elisabeth Competition
Andrew was awarded the City of Brussels 6th Prize at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition. The prize includes a cash award of €7000 as well as concert engagements throughout Belgium during the coming season, the first of which is in October. Andrew was well received by the Belgian public, as well as critics, who described him as "supernatural...a phenomenal musician, a refined artist, an accomplished pianist" (La Libre). Read more at the competition website.
Avery Fisher Career Grant
Andrew is a 2013 recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. The Avery Fisher Artist Program, established by the late Avery Fisher as part of a major gift to Lincoln Center in 1974, serves as a monument to Mr. Fisher’s philanthropy and love of music, with the Career Grants in particular exemplifying his devotion to helping young artists. Since the first Career Grants were given in 1976, 128 have been awarded (including this year’s grants), and all recipients are currently working musicians. Identified early in their careers, among former Career Grant recipients are violinists Leila Josefowicz and Augustin Hadelich, pianists Jonathan Biss and Yuja Wang, and the Pacifica Quartet. Read the official announcement here.
Leeds International Piano Competition
Andrew was awarded both the 5th prize and the inaugural Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra prize at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition. The orchestra prize was established in memory of a brilliant young pianist and past pupil of Dame Fanny Waterman. Members of the Hallé and their music director, Sir Mark Elder, awarded the prize to Andrew, who will perform Rachmaninoff's Second Concerto with the Hallé in November.