He burst on to the international music scene in 2014 when he was invited by luminary guitarist Julian Bream to perform a London solo recital including ground-breaking new commissions by Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Leo Brouwer, and the following year worked with guitarist John Williams on a recital project of Australian chamber music including the world premiere of Gertrude Fragments by Brett Dean. He exhibits a ceaseless curiosity which has seen him develop projects ranging from duos on Renaissance lute to Radiohead arrangements on electric guitar.
Acclaimed interpreter of contemporary music, he has had new works written for him by composers including Leo Brouwer, Brett Dean, and Peter Sculthorpe and was awarded the Prize for the Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Piece at ARD. Equally at home with early repertoire, he was awarded First Prize and special Bach Prize at the Gisborne International Music Competition for his performance of J.S. Bach’s D Minor Violin Partita.
Performances at the Hong Kong Altamira International Guitar Symposium (China), Cultura Artistica Serie de Violao (Brazil), Dark Mofo Festival (Australia), and Buxton International Festival (UK), are a testament to his versatility and exceptional artistry.
Lebedev started playing guitar at seven in Adelaide, Australia inspired by his father musing in the evenings. He grew up playing classical guitar through the South Australian Young 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. Although rooted in a love for music of the classical tradition, Lebedev has found himself pushing the boundaries of the repertoire and seeking to connect his diverse musical interests. Lebedev’s programmes often included new or lesser-known contemporary works, and as well working with the aforementioned composers, he has given first performances of music by Gerard Brophy, Tim Moriarty, Jeffrey Holmes, Howard Skempton, and Samuel Smith.
Together they have pushed the traditional boundaries of the medium. As well as classical works, their programmes incorporate music of diverse traditions including blues, bossa nova, minimalism, and prog-rock. They have appeared together across Australia and the UK.
Andrey has performed concertos with orchestra in the Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and in the UK. As a solo recitalist he has performed at venues including the Wigmore Hall, St John Smith Square, Croatian Music Institute, The Sage Gateshead, City Recital Hall, Kings’s Place, and Turner Sims, amongst others. As a chamber musicians, he has appeared with the Boccherini Trio, Tambuco Percussion, violinist Emily Sun, pianist Joseph Havlat, guitarist Sean Shibe, and guitarist Aleksandr Tsiboulski.
He is a two time Prize Winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition (the most highly-sought annual guitar award), First Prize winner of the Adelaide International Guitar Competition, was the first classical guitarist to receive the Australian National Fine Music ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Award, and the only classical guitarist to win the Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship. He completed postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music under Michael Lewin where he graduated with a Regency Award for notable achievement, the Academy’s David Russell Guitar Prize, and Recital Diploma. He gained his BMus degree with first-class honours at the Australian National University in 2012 under Timothy Kain.
Andrey has been generously supported by the ABRSM, Julian Bream Trust, Hattori Foundation, Imogen Cooper Music Trust, Australian Music Foundation, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Tait Memorial Trust, and the South Australian Government through the Carclew Board. He has been selected by the Tillett Trust, Countess of Munster Musical Trust and International Guitar Foundation for their ‘Young Artist’ schemes and became a City Music Foundation Artist in 2015.