Andrey Gugnin was born in 1987. He graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied under Professor Vera Gornostayeva. Almost immediately after his graduation from the conservatory, he was invited to be a regular participant of the Moscow Philharmonic Society program for promising young artists “The 21st century stars”.
Mr. Gugnin is the prize-winner at the Allegro vivo international competition in San Marino (Italy, 2008), the International Competition in Cantù (1st prize, 2009), the International Stančić Competition in Zagreb (2nd prize and two special prizes, Croatia, 2011), the Ludwig van Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna (Austria, 2013) and the Valsesia musica international competition in Italy (1st prize, 2014), Cidade de Ferrol competition in Spain (1st prize, 2015).
In June 2014 he won the Gold Medal and the Audience Award at the XVI International Gina Bachauer Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (USA).
In 2016 Andrey won the first prize in the Sydney International Piano Competition. He also won the prizes for best overall concerto, best 19th or 20th century concerto, best violin and piano sonata, and best preliminaries round one recital. He received a number of concert engagements, including concerts with Valery Gergiev and London Philharmonic Orchestra; a recording with Hyperion; and an Australia-wide tour in 2017.
The young artist regularly has toured as a recitalist, a chamber music partner and a soloist with orchestras at more than twenty countries performing at Vienna’s Musikverein, Carnegie Hall in New York, Metropolitan Theatre in Tokyo, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Sydney Opera House, the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Mariinsky Concert hall In Saint-Petersburg, Thai Cultural Center in Bangkok, the Louvre in Paris, the Zagreb Opera Theater.
Andrey’s artistic activity has marked with collaboration with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Symphony Orchestra of the Saint-Petersburg Cappella, Mariisnky Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Camerata, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo New City Orchestra, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Asko Schönberg ensemble and the Camerata Salzburg among other.
Mr. Gugnin has been welcomed as a guest artist at the Verbier Festival, Ruhr Klavier Festival, Mariinsky International Festival, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Zagreb Music Bienalle, the Musical Olympus festival, the Art-November International Festival of Arts, Vivacello, Ars-longa, the Ohrid Summer Festival, the Shanghai Festival, the Summer Evenings in Zagreb festival, the Youth Festival in Aberdeen and the Bermuda Islands Performing Arts Festival and many others.
The artist’s discography includes recordings from piano concertos by Shostakovich together with the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia, (Delos International, 2007) , music for piano duo “iDuo” (together with Vadim Kholodenko, Delos International, 2010) and a recital (Steinway & Sons). The recording of Shostakovich concertos was used in soundtrack of Oscar-winning movie "Bridge of spies".
Andrey Gugnin also has recorded for TV and radio in Russia, The Netherlands, Croatia, Austria, Switzerland and the USA.
Upcoming engagements in 17-18 season include concerts with Wuhan Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Camerata, West Australian Orchestra, Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Svetlanov State Symphony orchestra, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and others; performances in Two Moore festival, UK, International Piano Series in Fribourg, Switzerland, Malta International Festival, Bard Festival, USA, Newport Festival, USA; chamber collaboration with violinist Ray Chen and Tasmin Little, cellist Jonathan Roozeman, Boris Andrianov and Anastasia Kobekina among others.student's needs.
Matt Withers is an ambassador for Australian music, a well-established pedagogue, performer and mentor for musicians globally.
His career has seen him perform with esteemed artists including William Barton, the Carl Pini Quartet and national orchestras whilst maintaining strong commitments in the leading Australian chamber music groups Guitar Trek alongside Timothy Kain, AM and The Brew Guitar Duo.
Matt has a strong history of performing, recording and commissioning Australian works from distinguished composers and his generational peers. With commercial studio albums released on ABC Classics (Australia) and Soundset Recordings (USA), he thrives on reaching wider audiences, broadening and expanding their musical horizons.
His innovative activities include the creation of the Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition which gives an avenue of support for composers to have their music reach the ears and hearts of their audience. Matt has presented lectures in Europe on his passion The Entrepreneurial Guitarist to blossoming artists, eager to also find their niche in the musical world.
Matt has performed across the globe including being featured as a Rising Star at the World Expo in Shanghai (China). He has given showcase performances across Australia, New Zealand and Europe with highlights at embassies, universities, festivals and more. He has been invited as an adjudicator for major competitions including the Melbourne International Guitar Festival (Australia) the Uppsala Guitar Festival (Sweden), the Riverina Conservatorium of Music (Wagga-Wagga) and the Australian National University School of Music (Canberra).
Withers is a mentor for young, emerging musicians as shown through his role as Patron for the Senior Ensemble of SAYGE - the South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble. He regularly gives Skype lessons and presents masterclasses for tertiary students having mentored around Australia and internationally including New Zealand and Europe.
JAMES BARROW - Tuba
Based in Sydney, James Barrow is a 24-year-old tubist with a budding career and a wealth of stellar achievements. He fell in love with the tuba at the age of 7 when he joined his primary school band. Since then James has made music his passion and life’s pursuit. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2015 where he studied with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Principle Tuba, Steve Rossé . Since graduating from the Conservatorium, James has been in high demand as a freelance musician with numerous orchestras and musical ensembles. His career has led him down a colourful path of vastly different genres and ensembles which has led to him taking up a second instrument, the bass trombone. From classical to jazz, rock to pop and even a “dance music meets the orchestra” concert last year at Sydney’s City Recital Hall, James performs in a variety of styles and genres.