Andrey Lebedev is a prize winner of the 2017 ARD Music Competition, regarded as one of the most prestigious international competitions in classical music.
He burst on to the international music scene in 2014 when he was invited by luminary guitarist Julian Bream to perform a London recital of solo music including new commissions by Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Leo Brouwer. The following year he worked with guitarist John Williams on a recital project of Australian chamber music which included the world premiere of ‘Gertrude Fragments’ by Brett Dean. He exhibits a ceaseless curiosity which has seen him develop projects ranging from duos on Renaissance lute to Radiohead arrangements on electric guitar.
Acclaimed interpreter of contemporary music, he has had new works written for him by composers including Leo Brouwer, Brett Dean, 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 performance of J.S. Bach’s D Minor Violin Partita.
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 and exceptional artistry.
He is a two time Prize Winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition (the most highly-sought annual guitar award), First Prize winner of the Adelaide International Guitar Competition, was the first classical guitarist to receive the Australian National Fine Music ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Award, and the only classical guitarist to win the Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship. He completed postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music under Michael Lewin where he graduated 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.