‘One should remember the name’. General-Anzeiger, Bonn
A gifted pianist, collaborator and communicator, Andrei has been described as “a poet of piano playing”(Süddeutsche Zeitung) with a “rich variety of sonorities” and “technical brilliance” (General-Anzeiger Bonn).
Recent highlights include an invitation by Sir András Schiff to take part in his Building Bridges series, leading to debut recitals across Europe at the Konzerthaus (Berlin), deSingel Arts Centre (Antwerp), Beethovenhaus (Bonn) and Esterházy Palace (Austria), among others. He has also appeared at the Herkulessaal (Munchen), the Kartause Ittingen and the MuTh Konzertsaal (Vienna), and in 2020 performed in Daniel Barenboim’s complete Beethoven Sonata series at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin.
Solo appearances include the Camerata Salzburg at the Stiftung Mozarteum (as part of the Mozartwoche), the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sándor Végh Chamber Orchestra, the latter with whom he performed Shostakovich’s Concerto for piano and trumpet with the principal of the Vienna Philharmonic.
During the summers of 2017 and 2018 Andrei was invited by the Salzburg Mozart Matinee series to co-curate a series presenting outstanding young musicians, actors and visual artists in solo, chamber music and collaborative work. He is currently curating ONLINE: concerts & talks, a series of concerts, talks and interviews for local television in Salzburg, engaging and bringing together young and experienced musicians.
An avid chamber musician, Andrei has collaborated with artists such as Gregory Ahss, William Coleman, Volker Jacobsen, Mihaela Martin, Wolfgang Redik and Benjamin Schmid in festivals including the Krzyzowa Chamber Music Festival, the ClasClas Festival in Vilagarcia de Arousa, and Villa Musica in Mainz. He has taken part in IMS Prussia Cove and been a scholarship recipient of the Verbier Festival Academy, Oxford Piano Festival and the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein.
A top prize winner in the Vladimir Horowitz, Sigismund Thalberg, and Lions Club International Piano Competitions, Andrei receives regular guidance from Sir András Schiff, Richard Goode, and Claudio Martinez-Mehner. Past mentors include Daniel Barenboim, Ferenc Rados, Gidon Kremer, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Pamela Frank, Rita Wagner, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Thomas Adès.
Born in Romania, Andrei studied with pianist and composer Iulian Arcadi Trofin. In 2011 he moved to Salzburg to continue his studies with Pavel Gililov at the Universität Mozarteum completing his Masters in 2020. An Erasmus Scholarship enabled him to study for a year at the Köln Hochchule with Claudio Martinez-Mehner.
Throughout his studies Andrei was generously sponsored by PE-Förderung für Studierende der Musik and the Lions Club in Austria.
Andrei currently resides in Salzburg, where he enjoys the surrounding nature and his collection of books and LPs.