Acclaimed for music-making of intense intellectual and spiritual substance, pianist Andrei Gologan has garnered support and guidance from renowned musicians such as Sir András Schiff and Richard Goode. Andrei has been characterized as “a poet of piano playing” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) with “rich variety of sonorities” and “technical brilliance” (General-Anzeiger Bonn). He crafts concert programs to explore the rhetoric in music and how it contributes to the expressive and technical language of the piano repertoire.
Andrei was recently invited by Sir András Schiff to perform in the concert series Building Bridges - Andras Schiff Presents Young Pianists, an initiative aimed towards supporting a new generation of outstanding pianists. The series included debut recitals at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, deSingel in Antwerp, the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, among others. Other recent appearances include Herkulessaal in München, the Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg, St. Martin in the Fields in London, and the MuTh in Vienna. He has also collaborated with ensembles such as the Camerata Salzburg, the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Sándor Végh Chamber Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Andrei performed with artists such as Gregory Ahss, Shirley Brill, William Coleman, Volker Jacobsen, Lena Neudauer and Jennifer Stumm in various festivals such as the Krzyzowa Chamber Music Festival, the ClasClas Festival in Vilagarcia de Arousa, and Villa Musica in Mainz.
Garnering top prizes in the Vladimir Horowitz, the Sigismund Thalberg, and the Lions Club International Piano Competitions, Andrei receives regular guidance from Sir András Schiff, Richard Goode, and Claudio Martinez-Mehner. He is also a scholarship recipient of the Verbier Festival Academy, the Oxford Piano Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, and the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. Past mentors include Ferenc Rados, Gidon Kremer, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Pamela Frank, Rita Wagner, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Thomas Adès.
The summers of 2017 and 2018 saw Andrei in the novel position of co-organising the concert series, Salzburg Mozart Matinees. The focus of the endeavor was to present outstanding young musicians, actors, and visual artists while combining different ways of expression in a harmonious interdisciplinary setting.
Andrei Gologan was born in Romania in a family of non-musicians. At the age of five, he received his first piano lesson, and only six months later won his first piano competition performing works by Czerny, Beethoven and Schumann. In the years to come he continued his musical education with the pianist and composer Iulian Arcadi Trofin. Andrei recently completed his studies at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg with Pavel Gililov. Throughout his studies, Andrei has been generously sponsored by the PE-Förderung für Studierende der Musik, as well as the Lions Club in Austria.
Andrei currently resides in Salzburg, where he enjoys the surrounding nature and his collection of books and LPs.