Andrey Lebedev is an acclaimed Australian classical guitarist with an insatiable curiosity to explore new avenues of music making. He is the laureate of major international competitions including the 2017 ARD Competition and the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America.
In 2014, he was the first young guitarist invited by Julian Bream to perform for the Julian Bream Trust, premiering Trust commissions by Harrison Birtwistle and Leo Brouwer at St Johns Smith Square. Acclaimed interpreter of contemporary music, he has had new works written for him by Brett Dean, Leo Brouwer and Peter Sculthorpe, and was awarded the Prize for the Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Piece at ARD. Equally at home with early repertoire, he was awarded First Prize and special Bach Prize at the Gisborne International Music Competition for his transcription of J.S. Bach’s D Minor Violin Partita, and performs regularly with singers as an accompanist on lute and guitar. Performances at the Hong Kong Altamira International Guitar Symposium (China), Cultura Artistica Serie de Violao (Brazil), Dark Mofo Festival (Australia), and Buxton International Festival (UK), are a testament to his versatility as an artist of exceptional calibre.
Andrey completed postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music studying under Michael Lewin. During his studies he worked with guitarist Julian Bream to present an evening solo recital at St Johns Smith Square, and with guitarist John Williams on an evening concert of Australian chamber music with guitar in the Duke’s Hall. He was awarded an MA with distinction and Advanced Diploma, graduating with a Regency Award for notable achievement, the Academy’s David Russell Guitar Prize, and Recital Diploma. He gained his BMus degree with first class honours at the Australian National University in 2012 under Timothy Kain, in which year he became the only Australian to win first prize in the Adelaide International Guitar Competition, the first classical guitarist to receive the Australian National Fine Music ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Award, and the only classical guitarist to gain a Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship. After enrolling at the Academy in September 2013 he won first prize and the special Bach Prize in the 25th Gisborne International Music Competition open to all instrumentalists.
Andrey’s studies have been generously supported by the Tait Memorial Trust, Australian Music Foundation, ABRSM, Julian Bream Trust, ASRAM, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and South Australian Government through the Carclew Board. He has been selected by the Tillett Trust, Countess of Munster Musical Trust and International Guitar Foundation for their ongoing ‘Young Artist’ schemes and became a City Music Foundation Artist in 2015.
A keen chamber musician, Andrey performs regularly with mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean, flautist Bronte Hudnott, and more recently has begun working with violinist Emily Sun.
He was recently a featured artist in the Canberra International Music Festival, performing 5 concerts over 6 days featuring new premieres and collaborations with local musicians, as soloist in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with Orchestra Wellington in New Zealand, recitalist in Sao Paulo’s through Cultura Artistica and the Guitar Co-op, the Norfolk and Norwich Festivals, Dark Mofo Festival in Hobart, Swaledale Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Frome Festival, and the closing concert of the Hong Kong International Guitar Symposium, where he performed the Stephen Goss Guitar Concerto with the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra.
His extensive solo repertoire includes important works from the late twentieth century, and he has given the world premieres of major compositions by Peter Sculthorpe and Brett Dean, and under the auspices of the Julian Bream Trust, both Leo Brouwer and Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
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