The Australian tenor, Andrew Goodwin, began learning the violin at the age of 5. His father, a school teacher, was a fan of classical music and collector of opera gramophone records. While singing in St. Andrew’s Cathedral choir he continued learning the violin, piano, and organ. Following a suggestion by his piano teacher that he study voice in Russia, Goodwin left Australia for Europe in 1999. He studied at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory under Professor Lyov Nikolaevich Morozov. He graduated from the Conservatory in June 2005. In 2006, he began a postgraduate diploma in vocal studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Goodwin has won a number of competitions and prizes in Australia and abroad, including the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship, Sir Robert Askin Operatic Traveling Scholarship, Australian Opera Auditions Committee Joan Sutherland, and Richard Bonynge Scholarship. He was a finalist in the 2004 Australian Singing Competition and won the Nelly Apt Traveling Scholarship to attend the International Vocal Art’s Institute at Tel Aviv in Israel. In April 2004, he won the Amber Nightingale singing competition at Kaliningrad in Russia. In November 2005, he received 2nd prize in the Elena Obrastzova Singing competition at St. Petersburg where he also won the Audience vote and prize for the best German Lieder.
Andrew Goodwin's operatic debut was as Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff for Opera Australia in January 2006. Later that year he performed Lensky in a new Production of Eugene Onegin by Dmitry Chernyakov at the Bolshoi Theatre, Russia, a rare achievement by a foreigner. He is also now a regular soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and a cultural ambassador for Australia on the world stage. Since 2006, Goodwin has been a soloist with the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow, Russia). He has also appeared at The Sydney Opera house, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Centre, National Concert Hall Taipei, Teatro Real, Madrid, Gran Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona, La Scala, Milan, Philharmonic Hall, St. Peterburg, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
A list of Andrew Goodwin's roles includes: Lensky in Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky (Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow), Fenton in Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi (Sydney), Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio (Il Seraglio) by Mozart (Sydney), Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni by Mozart (Sydney), Janek oin The Makropulos Affair by Leoš Janáček (Sydney), Tamino in The Magic Flute by Mozart (Sydney), Leandre in The Mock Doctor by Charles Gounod (Tel Aviv), Dante in Francesca da Rimini by Sergei Rachmaninov (St.Peterburg), Avvakum in Boyarinya Morozova by Rodion Shchedrin (Moscow), Alfred in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II (Moscow). In December 2010, Goodwin played Orpheus in the Pinchgut Opera production of L'anima del filosofo by Joseph Haydn.
Andrew Goodwin is a skilled surfer and enjoys playing basketball in his spare time. He lives in London with his wife, mezzo-soprano Maria Timofeeva, and is the father of son