Andrej Bielow


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

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 violin sonatas and Haydn piano trios. He joined the Szymanowski Quartett as leader in 2005.

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 130 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.

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Supersonic Award für Dohnanyi, Suk, Dvorak
2014-01-03 Pizzicato, Luxembourg,
"Ernö von Dohnanyi: Klavierquintett op. 1; Antonin Dvorak: Klavierquartett op. 87, Josef Suk: Elegie; Andrej Bielow, Violine, Ensemble RARO; 1 CD Solo Musica 187; 1/12 (71'45) – Rezension von Alain Steffen  

Nachdem wir vor kurzem an dieser Stelle Andrej Bielows Einspielung von Werken Dora Pejacevics (mit Oliver Triendl, Klavier) besprochen und mit dem Supersonic ausgezeichnet hatten, erreicht uns nun die nicht minder fantastische Aufnahme von tschechischen Kammermusikwerken. Zusammen mit dem Ensemble 'RARO' interpretiert der Violinist Andrej Bielow Ernö von Dohnanyis Klavierquintett, von Antonin Dvorak das Klavierquartett sowie die Elegie von Josef Suk. Und ich muss sagen, dass mich diese Aufnahme durch ihre Spielfreude, Klangpracht und Dynamik einfach vom Hocker reißt. Hier haben sich fünf brillante Musiker zusammengefunden, die an einem Strang ziehen und die drei Werke bis ins kleinste Detail ausloten. Allen voran das Klavierquintett von Dohnanyi, das alleine die Anschaffung dieser CD wert ist. Aber auch Dvoraks Klavierquartett lebt von einer einzigartigen Intensität. Hier wagen es die Musiker sogar, bis an die Grenzen des Werks zu gehen, so dass diese Interpretation an sich mit seiner sehr modernen und akzentreichen Herangehensweise wohltuend von der gängigen Spielpraxis abhebt. Die technische Versiertheit der Musiker und die hervorragende Klangqualität runden das hohe Niveau dieser Einspielung ab und lassen den Zuhörer an einer wirklich spannenden Auseinandersetzung mit der Vielseitigkeit tschechischer Musik teilhaben. Andrej Bielow and his partners play with unique intensity. Her approach is modern and quite different from what we are used to. The outstanding sound quality and the high level of this recording enable the listener to follow an exciting exploration of Czech music.
(Alain Steffen)
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