With performances spanning across China, Brazil, the UK and Australia and an interest in diverse music traditions, London-based Andrey Lebedev's connection to Sydney Eisteddfod dates back to 2012 when he won The Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship. The classical guitarist was awarded 3rd prize for the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition (GFA) and in 2017 he also won 4th prize for his efforts, making him a two time prize winner of the prestigious GFA competition.
Andrey has also been collaborating with mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean, who perform regularly in the UK and beyond. The Australian duo were selected for the inaugural, biennial New Elizabethan Award for 2019. The award attracts classical guitarists and lutenists for their performance of solo and/or ensemble music, written by composers from the two Elizabethan ages. The duo of Andrey and Lotte will have the opportunity to perform at London's Wigmore Hall in 2019 and subsequent concerts resulting from this achievement.
On the subject of the classical guitar Andrey had this to say:
"I have become interested in what the guitar has to contribute uniquely to the world of music. The classical guitar as we currently know it is largely the product of a romantic philosophy derived from the classical piano tradition."
"However, in an attempt to imitate the pianistic tradition, I think we have overemphasised the guitar's polyphonic possibilities and lost sight of the guitar's fundamental strength at the heart of Spanish and Latin cultures. Most recently this idea has steered my interest to the popular music of Latin America," he said.
At the end of June 2018 Andrey and Lotte, alongside two other instrumentalists, also performed a full-day programme at the Pathology Museum at St Bartholomew's Hospital, supported by the City Music Foundation. The performances featured David Lang's Death Speaks coupled with songs by Dowland, Brett Dean, Kurtag, Ravel, Schubert and Radiohead. For Andrey, this was one of his most ambitious gigs, with the name of the event taking the title of Lang's song Death Speaks and his intention of giving Death a voice.