Multi-award winning guitarist Andrey Lebedev regularly performs new works and traditional repertoire in Europe and Australia, his home country. Born in Moscow and brought up in Adelaide, he is currently living in London. His studies at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) with Michael Lewin have been supported by an ASRAM Award, the Julian Bream Trust, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, ABRSM, AMF, and the South Australian Government’s Carclew Board. 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 RAM in September 2013 he won first prize and the special Bach Prize in the 25th Gisborne International Music Competition open to all instrumentalists. In 2015 he was awarded his MA with distinction in addition to the RAM’s David Russell Guitar Prize and Recital Diploma.
His extensive solo repertoire includes many important works from the late twentieth century, by such composers as Berio, Britten, Ginastera, Henze and Takemitsu, and he has given the world premieres of major compositions by Peter Sculthorpe, Brett Dean, and, under the auspices of the Julian Bream Trust, both Leo Brouwer and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. A lover of chamber music, Andrey performs regularly with mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean, and flautists Brontë Hudnott and Alena Lugovkina. Recently he worked with the Australian-born classical guitarist John Williams, culminating in a performance of works by Australian composers at the RAM.
Andrey has performed at several prestigious venues throughout the world, including the Michael Fowler Centre (Wellington) with Orchestra Wellington performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Duke’s Hall and Kings Place (London), Croatian Music Institute (Zagreb), City Recital Hall (Sydney), the Arts Centre (Melbourne), the International Guitar Festival (Adelaide), The Sage (Gateshead), and the World Expo (Shanghai).
Andrey has been selected by the Tillett Trust, City Music Foundation, Countess of Munster Musical Trust and International Guitar Foundation for their ongoing ‘Young Artist’ schemes.