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Andrej Bielow

Andrej Bielow

 

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Diesen beiden glänzenden Musiker sinds imstande, alle Violinsonaten von Beethoven zu spielen – nein, nicht nur imstande, sondern in bester Weise geeignet, dies zu tun: mit einer Frische, Selbstverständlichkeit und beglückte Sicherheit, die diese Werke im schönsten Licht erscheinen lassen
Alfred Brendel about Andreij Bielow and Kit Armstrong, September 2013

Born in 1981 in the Ukraine, Andrej Bielow has developed as one of the leading Ukrainian musicians of his generation. As a soloist and chamber musician he has recorded over 20 CD albums for Naxos and Hyperion, just to name a few.

As a soloist he collaborated with such renowned orchestras as the Orchestre National de Radio France, NDR Radiophilharmonie and Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the baton of established conductors such as Kurt Masur, Yan Pascal Tortelier, just to name a few of them.

His repertoire includes over 30 concertos and all the major sonatas.

Andrej Bielow won several major prizes at international competitions such as the Long-Thibaut Paris, ARD Munich, Hanover (Joachim), Citta di Brescia and others.

Andrej Bielow has devoted much of his career to chamber music, of which he is a passionate advocate. In 2011 he joined pianist Kit Armstrong and cellist Adrian Brendel to form a piano trio.

Biography

Biography Andrej Bielow

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"Bielow was outstanding in his solo offerings, violinists twice his age could have learned something from this young musician of true talent"
Robert Harris, Globe Mail, Toronto, 2002

"I was impressed by his musicality, technique, and very convincing personality"
Kurt Masur, 2004

“…Bielow creating a rich vein of fantasy through his ability to balance cheekiness with lyricism as if inventing an eloquent commedia dell´arte ballet… “
The Strad, May 2009

Born in 1981 in the Ukraine, Andrej has developed as one of the leading Ukrainian musicians of his generation. As a soloist and chamber musician he has recorded over 20 CD albums for Naxos, CPO, Avi-Music, Hänssler Classics, Hänssler-Profil, Guttingi, Solo Musica, Genuin, Hyperion and Rakete Media.

As a soloist he collaborated with such renowned orchestras as the New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestra National de Radio France, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic and Münchner Kammerorchester under the baton of established conductors such as Kurt Masur, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Gianandrea Noseda, Miguel Gomez-Martinez, Christian Arming, Agnieszka Duzcmal, Junichi Hirokami und Christoph Poppen, Enrique Mazzola to name a few of them.

His repertoire includes over 30 concertos and all the major sonatas. He has recently performed the Shostakovich no. 1 in Lindau with SWD Philharmonie Konstanz and the Tschaikowsky at the Ryedale Festival with the orchestra of Opera North under Martin Andre. He gave his first successful London recital at Wigmore Hall in 2009 and performed Malcolm Arnold´s concerto for two violins at Cadogan Hall in October 2012.

He received his first violin lessons at the age of five and in 1993 attended the special music boarding school in Kiev. Having recognized his talent, Prof. Michael Kusnetsov took the eleven-year-old boy into his family and guided his further musical education. Already at an early age, Andrej started to perform at carefully selected concerts in Europe and USA.

At the age of 15, Andrej settled in Germany to study with Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the University of Music and Drama in Hannover. Further study followed with Gerard Poulet in Paris, Herman Krebbers, Ida Haendel, Ana Chumachenko and more recently Alfred Brendel.

Andrej Bielow won several major prizes at international competitions such as the Long-Thibaut Paris, ARD Munich, Hanover (Joachim), Citta di Brescia and others. Due to his extraordinary talent and musical qualities he was awarded various scholarships from the cultural institutions such as the Ukrainian Culture Foundation, Gundlach Foundation, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and Förderpreis of the Lower Saxony.

Andrej Bielow has devoted much of his career to chamber music, of which he is a passionate advocate. He has appeared at the following Festvals: Schleswig-Holstein, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Rheingau, Kuhmo, Young Euro Classic Berlin, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Ryedale, Macau and many others.

At the Kronberg Academy he performed with Gidon Kremer, Juri Bashmet and the Beaux Arts Trio. In 2011 he joined Kit Armstrong and Adrian Brendel to form a piano trio. Future projects include a complete cycle of Beethoven and Mozart violin sonatas.

Andrej also holds a teaching position at the University of Music and Drama, Hanover and regularly gives masterclasses in Europe, Asia and USA. In 2005, together with jazz-guitarist Johan Weiss, he founded the „MBF“ Foundation (Musik braucht Freunde) which has provided financial support for over 100 needy students at the University of Music and Drama, Hanover. He has been invited by the Royal Academy of Music, London to act as a visiting professor of violin from 2013.

Andrej plays the violin "ex Flesch", built in 1745 by Lorenzo Guadagnini.

Repertoire

Please note: this repertoire list is for reference only.

 

Concertos

Bach
Concertos BWV 1041-1043

Beethoven
Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Romances Nos. 1 & 2

Berg
Concerto „Dem Andenken eines Engels“

Brahms
Concerto In D major, Op. 77

Bruch
Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 44
Schottish Phantasy, Op. 46

Chatschaturjan
Concerto

Chausson
Poème

Chin
Concerto

Dvorak
Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Glass
Concerto

Karlowicz
Concerto, Op. 8

Korngold
Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Lalo
Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21

Lutoslawski
Partita

Mendelssohn
Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Concerto in D minor

Mozart
Concerto No. 1 in B flat major, KV 207
Concerto No. 3 in G major, KV 216
Concerto No. 4 in D major, KV 218
Concerto No. 5 in A major, KV 219
Rondo in C major, KV 373
Rondo in B flat major, KV 269

Paganini
Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6

Prokofjew
Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19
Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Ravel
Tzigane

Saint-Saëns
Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso

Shostakovich
Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77

Sibelius
Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Sinding
Concertos Nos. 1 - 3
Romance
Suite in A minor, Op. 10
Légende
Andante

Skoryk
Concerto No. 6 (premiered in 2009)

Szymanowski
Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Tchaikovsky
Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Wieniawski
Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22

Vivaldi
The Four Seasons

Violin Solo

Bach
Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001 - 1006

Paganini
Capricci Nos. 1,2,5,6,7,12,24

Ernst
Etude No. 6 "The Last Rose of Summer"

Ferrari
Improvisationi

Prokofiev
Sonata, Op. 115

Schulhoff
Sonata

Schnittke
A Paganini

Ysaye
Sonatas Op. 27, Nos. 2,3,4,5

Violin and Piano

Beethoven
Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Brahms
Sonatas Nos. 1-3

Cherha
Rapsodie

Debussy
Sonata in G minor

Fauré
Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 13 

Grieg
Sonatas

Franck
Sonata in A major

Kreisler
Miniatures

Lutoslawski
"Subito"

Mozart
All major sonatas

Paganini
La Campanella, Le Streghe, I Palpiti

Pejačević
Sonata In D major, Op. 26
Sonata Slava in B minor, Op. 43
5 Miniatures

Poulenc
Sonata

Prokofiev
Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
Sonata no. 2 in D major, Op 94a
5 Melodies, Op. 35

Ravel
Sonata in G major
Sonata for violin & violoncello
Tzigane
Sonata, Op. posthumus

Saint-Saëns
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso
Havanaise

Sarasate
Carmen-Phantasy
Zigeunerweisen
Introduction & Tarantella

Schnittke
Sonata No. 1
Suite in Old Style

Schubert
Sonata in A major, D574
Phantasy in C major, D934

Schumann
Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105

Strauss
Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18

Szymanowski
Nocturno & Tarantella, Op. 28 Nos. 1&2

Shostakovich
Preludes, Op. 34

Sinding
Suite in A minor, Op. 10

Tchaikovsky
Sérénade mélancholique, Op. 26
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42

Vitali
Chaconne in G minor

Wieniawski
Polonaise brillante in A major
Polonaise in D major
Scherzo Tarantella, Op. 16
Fantasie brillante sur des motifs de "Faust" de Gounod, Op. 20