His programme included the first performances of two new works commissioned by the Julian Bream Trust from Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Leo Brouwer. The following year, he worked with guitarist John Williams on a recital project of Australian chamber music which included the world premiere of ‘Gertrude Fragments’ by Brett Dean. He exhibits a ceaseless curiosity which has seen him in projects ranging from duos on Renaissance lute to Radiohead arrangements on electric guitar.
Andrey’s 2018/19 season begins with a residency in Eygalieres, France with the Imogen Cooper Music Trust. He gives his Russian debut in a 22-date winter tour of Russia and Siberia in trio with accordion and cello including a concert at the Moscow International Accordion Festival. He makes his Austrian solo debut at the Weiner Konzerthaus, presented by Jeunesse. In a duo formation with mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean, they are joint recipients of the inaugural Musicians’ Company New Elizabethan award. They have recitals at Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre’s Sound Unbound Festival, Guildford Festival, and The Red House Aldeburgh. Andrey also has duo recitals with violinist Emily Sun and with saxophonist Jonathan Radford. In June he will perform solo and chamber works in “Classical Mixtape Live” – a recital at St George’s Bristol, with leading young musicians including saxophonist Jess Gillam and pianist Martin James Bartlett.
Lebedev started playing guitar at age seven in Adelaide, Australia inspired by his father singing Russian bard songs. He grew up playing classical guitar through the South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble, jazz guitar in the SA Youth Superband, and rock music in scratch bands at school, but became enamored with classical music after receiving a Glenn Gould CD as a teenager.
In 2012, while a student of Timothy Kain at the Australian National University, he became the first Australian to win 1st prize in the Adelaide International Guitar Competition, the first guitarist to win the Australian Fine Music “Young Performer of the Year Award”, and the only guitarist in the 65-year history of the Sydney Eisteddfod to win the esteemed “NSW Doctors Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship”. The following year, as a full scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of Michael Lewin, he won 1st prize and special Bach prize at the 25th Gisborne International Music Competition. In 2016 he completed studies at the RAM, graduating with a Regency Award and the David Russell Guitar Prize.
He is a City Music Foundation Artist, and is grateful for the generous support he has received from the Hattori Foundation, Imogen Cooper Music Trust, ABRSM, Julian Bream Trust, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Australian Music Foundation, Tillett Trust, Tait Trust, and Musicians’ Company.