Internationally renowned Russian pianist takes to the MAC stage

Published on 14 August 2017


Not many local residents will know of Andrey Gugnin, but Sunraysia music-lovers soon will.

Andrey is the winner of one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions – the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia (SIPCA) - and he will be performing an afternoon recital this weekend at the Mildura Arts Centre.

The Russian pianist’s performance in Mildura on Saturday, 19 August is part of his tour of Australia in celebration of the SIPCA’s 40th birthday.

Andrey graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 2010, where he studied under Professor Vera Gornostaeva. Since 2016, he has been studying at the International Piano Academy Lake Como with Stanislav Ioudenitch and William Nabore.

In addition to winning the SIPCA, Andrey has won the Eileen Joyce Best Overall Concerto Prize, the Miriam Hyde Best 19th or 20th Century Concerto Prize, the Hephzibah Menuhin Best Violin and Piano Sonata Prize and the Roger Smalley Best Preliminaries Round 1 Recital Prize.

Demonstrating not only his talent, but his versatility, Andrey has toured as a recitalist, a chamber music partner and as a concerto soloist.

His performances in the United States have included shows at Carnegie Hall in New York, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City and the Eastman School of Music.

In his homeland meanwhile, Andrey has performed at the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Moscow International House of Music, as well as the Louvre, Teatro Verdi in Trieste and in Vienna’s Musikverein in Europe.

He has also collaborated with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the St. Petersburg Cappella Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and the Asko Schonberg Ensemble, among others.

Mildura Rural City Councillor for Arts and Culture Jason Modica said this month’s afternoon recital at Mildura Arts Centre was a rare opportunity, not just for music-lovers, but the broader community.

“It very exciting to have a pianist of such high calibre who’s performed throughout the world come to Mildura to perform an afternoon recital,” Cr Modica said. 

“I recommend people get along to this performance, they will be energised as they watch an inspiring performance by Andrey as he plays music by Bach, Shostakovich, Desyatnikov and Stravinsky.”


Mildura Arts Centre presents

2017 National Recital Tour – Andrey Gugnin

2pm, Saturday 19 August

Tickets, full $30, concession $15, student $15.


For more information please contact Helen Piscioneri at Mildura Arts Centre at or on (03) 5018 8330.