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Biography / Vita

Andrej Jussow

was taught by Professor Sontraud Speidel, as well as studying chamber music with Professor Michael Uhde and Professor Markus Stange at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. Among his other teachers are Professor Evgeni Koroliov and Professor Evgeni Malinin; he also received valuable influences from Martha Argerich, Lylia Zilberstein, and Menahem Pressler. Additionally, he took part in masterclasses given by renowned artists such as Lazar Berman, Halina Czerny-Stefanksa, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Rudolf Kehrer.

The Kiev-born pianist is the first prize winner of a number of international competitions, including the Steinway-Wettbewerb (Hamburg, 1995), Forum International de Musique (Paris, 1997), Concours de Piano (Andorra, 1997), Josef-Dichler-Wettbewerb (Wien, 1998), the national competition Jugend musiziert (Köln, 1999), the Kulturfond Baden 2004, and the Heinrich-Vetter-Preis 2006. He was awarded further prizes by the Robert-Schumann-Wettbewerb for young pianists in Zwickau (1998), the ninth Concorso pianistico Internationale per giovani pianisti in Rome (1998), and the 6th European Frédéric-Chopin-Klavierwettbewerb in Darmstadt (1999).

Andrej Jussow has performed as a soloist with orchestras under the conductors Gabriel Feltz, Jörg-Peter Weigle, Stefanos Tsialis, Ermanno Florio, Patrick Strub, Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk, Radoslaw Szulc, József Horváth, James Tuggle, Berhard Epstein, Vladimir Kozhuhar, Alejo Pérez, Sebastian Tewinkel, Wolfgang Heinz, Michail Agrest, Aleksander Vakoulsky and Frank Düpree. He is a guest-soloist at the Württembergisches Staatstheater in Stuttgart and performs regularly with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart, including an upcoming appearance in 2018 with the Piano Concerto in B flat major by Johannes Brahms. In recent years, his concert tours have brought the pianist to many countries, including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Israel, Italy, England, Austria, Poland, Romania, the United States, Russia, and Japan.

Andrej Jussow has performed with great success in international festivals such as the Klavierfestival Ruhr, LSO St Luke's Concerts, the international Steinway Festival in Hamburg, the Hamburg Proms concerts and the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspielen. His chamber music partners include Roman Simovic, Albrecht Laurent Breuninger, Elena Graf, David Grigorian, Kira Kraftzoff, Benedict Klöckner, Aida-Carmen Soanea, Romain Garioud, the delian::quartett, the Rastrelli cello quartet, and his brother, the violinist Alex Jussow.

In 2008 Andrej Jussow received the Karlsruhe Kulturstipendium from the city of Karlsruhe in recognition of his artistic achievements and in 2009 he was awarded the European Cultural Award and received an award from the Kulturfond Baden.

Among his most important artistic engagements were his appearance as the soloist in Sergei Rachmaninov's first piano concerto in the original version of 1891 with the Orchestre National de Montpellier and with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, as well as the opportunity to perform Béla Bartók's piano quintet with the delian::quartett at the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
An invitation to the Kremlin Festival in Moscow, where he performed two solo recitals, was a particular honour for the artist. He has recently played works of Frédéric Chopin for piano and orchestra with the Holland Symfonia at the Amsterdam Opera and in 2017 he performed the complete Rachmaninov piano concertos.

To date, Jussow has recorded CDs with works by Frédéric Chopin, Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt for the Berlin label CONCENTUS RECORDS. A recording of the complete Beethoven piano concertos was issued in 2012.

Andrej Jussow is an assistant professor of piano and chamber music for pianists at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe.