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Andrei Ivanovitch (Piano)

Born: 1968 - Bucharest, Romania

The Romanian-born pianist, Andrei Ivanovitch [Ivanovich], is the great-grandson of the legendary Romanian composer Ion Ivanovitchi, who wrote more than 100 waltzes including the Waves of the Danube. He studied music at the Central Music School, at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Leningrad Conservatory), then at the Russian Music Academy in Moscow, and eventually, at the Higher School Of Music in Karlsruhe, Germany. Between 1992 and 1994, he reaped the laurels at six international music competitions (Stiftung Tomassoni International Piano Competition in Cologne (Koln), Germany; William Kapell" International Piano Competition in Washington (Maryland), USA; Allessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition in Terni, Italy; Grand-Prize on International Piano Competition in Salerno, Italy; Grand-Prize on "Ennio Porrino" International Piano Competition in Cagliari, Italy). In 1994, he won the Grand Prix and Gold Medal at a high-profile international competition of pianists in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1996, Andrei Ivanovitch successfully debuted at New York's Lincoln Center. After the concert, a critic wrote in the New York Concert Review: "It was a performance that reminded me in many ways of the young Ashkenazi and, indeed, even the nonpareil Dinu Lipatti. No greater compliment can be paid…"

A succession of triumphs and a concert at one of the world's most prestigious arenas encouraged Ivanovitch to step up his touring activity not only as a solo pianist, but also as a member of such orchestras as the Russian National, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tbilisi Symphony, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, and others, as well as in a chamber orchestra with the world-renowned Taneev Quartet. Andrei Ivanovitch has attained nationwide recognition in Russia, Europe and the USA. His numerous concerts in Europe earned him the reputation of being one of the great Interpreters of Russian piano music. The specialised press compares him to Dinu Lipatti and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. During his Germany tours he always gave guest performances at Hummer's Culture Parlour in Soßmar (whose owner, Gerhard Hummer, he's been friends with for several years), which made him a great following in this region. During his tour in 2007, he met the classical pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen in the Hummer's Culture Parlour in Soßmar, in order to create a new kind of piano concerts.

Andrei Ivanovitch currently combines performing and teaching as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Advanced Piano of St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. He also frequently judges international competitions in Russia and abroad. Since 2003, he is honorary member of the Chopin Society.

In 2001, Andrei Ivanovitch was in a Canadian film about Glenn Gould's trip to Russia in 1957, Glenn Gould: The Russian Journey, interpreting The Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) by J.S. Bach as Glenn Gould's Russian follower. Timed to coincide with Glenn Gould's 70th anniversary, the film was premiering on major North American and European channels in September 2002, and was was awarded with the Grand at the International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal.

Source: Andrei Ivanovitch Website; Wikipedia Website (February 2011; Photo 05 by Photo by Hansjoerg G. Henker)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2011)

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Pianist Andrei Ivanovitch (Official Website) [Russian/English/German]

Andrei Ivanovitch (Wikipedia)

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