Contestant 1: Igor Andreev
In the days leading up to Top of the World International Piano Competition, we will be presenting one contestant per day. We will start with the tremendous, Russian talent – Igor Andreev – a prize winner from numerous countries, and a hotly tipped favorite to win.
Igor Andreev was born in 1988 in Kaliningrad, Russia, and started playing the piano at 5. In 2000 he entered the Special Musical School at the St Petersburg State Conservatory named after Rimsky-Korsakov, in Prof. Vladimir Suslov’s class. He graduated from the school with honors in the year 2007 and entered the St.Petersburg State Conservatory, in the class of Prof. Leonid Zaichik (major: piano), Prof. Irina Sharapova (collaborative piano) and Prof. Victoria Zimina (chamber ensemble). In 2011 he won the Swiss Government Scholarship and entered the Bern University of Arts (class of Prof. Tomasz Herbut).
Igor Andreev performs in concert halls of Russia and abroad (Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania). He gives concerts with symphony orchestras such as Kaliningrad State Symphonic Orchestra, Kaunas Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Conservatory Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and plays in various chamber ensembles.
He is a prize winner of the international piano competitions in Estonia (1998) and Czech Republic (1998), Safonov Competition in Pyatigorsk (1999), Liszt Competition in Weimar (2005), Competition of the Rotary clubs in Spain (2009), “3rd Classics in the Streets”, Bad Ragaz (Switzerland) Competition” (2012), 44. Swiss Competition in Laupersdorf (2013), “6. Concours International de Piano de Lyon” (2014) and “69. Concours de Genève“ (2014). Igor was a participant of programs of the Rotary club and Lions club of Germany in 2010-2011 and different projects of Gartow-Foundation. He was a grant-aided student of the “Russian performing art” foundation (2005-2006), the Swiss Government Scholarship holder (2011-2013), supported by Hirschmann-foundation (2013, Spring) and was awarded a Förderpreis of the Kiefer-Hablitzel-Stiftung (2013).
In addition to the solo repertoire Igor Andreev pays much attention to chamber music. He is a prize winner of the Sviridov International Competition in St. Petersburg (2005), Shostakovich International Competition in Moscow (2010) and the “Three centuries of classical romances” international competition in St. Petersburg (2012). Igor Andreev was chosen to participate in the chamber music master classes in Switzerland (“Violin & Piano Masterclasses” of the Académie de Musique de Lausanne, 2009), Germany (“International Chamber Music Campus of Jeunesses Musicales Germany”, Weikersheim, 2010), Italy (“Garda Lake Music Masters”, 2013) and Austria (“Vienna Master Courses 2013”). Since 2015 he works as a collaborative pianist for the violin and viola classes at the Bern University of Arts.
Here’s a link showing his performance from the final of Geneva International Music Competition 2014.