An impetuous pianist and sensitive musician - these qualities are characteristic of the young piano virtuoso Igor Andreev. His abilities and his enthusiasm for the music have been awarded numerous prizes in important piano competitions such as the Concours de Genève in Switzerland, UNISA competition in South Africa and the Hamamatsu competition in Japan.
Born in Kaliningrad in Russia, Igor Andreev discovered his passion for the piano at the age of 5 and was promoted at a young age at the Conservatory in St. Petersburg by Prof. Vladimir Suslov. He continued his studies at the University of the Arts in Berne in the class of Prof. Tomasz Herbut, where he devoted himself to the chamber music at the same time. In addition, he expanded this multifaceted activities by collaborating with professors like Antonio Meneses as an accompanist at the Bern University of the Arts.
In 2017, Igor completed his Master Specialized studies at the Bern University of the Arts and received the Tschumi Prize for the best graduate. In the current time he is developing artistically with Prof. Konstantin Lifschitz in Lucerne.
Igor was a participant of programs of the Rotary club and Lions club of Germany and different projects of Gartow-Foundation. He was supported by the Foundation "Russian Performing Arts", a Federal scholarship of the Swiss Confederation, a scholarship from the Hirschmann Foundation and the Fondation Clavarte. He was also awarded the promotion prize of the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation and the Rotary Excellence Prize (Lugano).
As a solist and chamber musician Igor performs in concert halls of Russia, Switzerland and abroad. He gives concerts with symphony orchestras such as Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn, Zakhar Bron Festival Orchester, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Kaliningrad State Symphonic Orchestra, Kaunas Chamber Orchestra.
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), “9. Hamamatsu International Piano Competition” (2015), “13. UNISA International Piano Competition” (2016) and "1. Manhattan International Music Competition" (2016) and "Prix du Piano Bern" (2018).
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). Since 2015 he works as a collaborative pianist for the violin and viola classes at the Bern University of Arts. From 2017 Igor works also with cello class of Antonio Meneses.
His teachers in solo and chamber music master classes were Pavel Gililov, Leon Fleischer, Boris Petrushansky, Bruno Canino, Michel Dalberto, Homero Francesch, Andreas Staier, Pierre Amoyal, Thomas Quasthoff, Helmut Deutsch and others.