ANDREY PISAREV piano recital

Friday, 14 November 2014




In 1991, in the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, a young Russian pianist won the Grand Prize - which was the first time since 1956 that the Grand Prize had been awarded in this competition. It was won by Andrey Pisarev.  In 2006 the reviewer Gunilla Boström wrote in the Swedish newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad: “In April 2004 I believed that Andrey Pisarev was the best pianist I have ever heard, and this opinion remains after his recital… The expression “World pianist” is not an exaggeration regarding him… “


Besides the Mozart Competition, Andrey Pisarev won 1st prize in the Rachmaninoff Piano Competition (Moscow, 1983) as well as 1st Prize in the UNISA TRANSNET International Piano Competition (1992).  The German newspaper Westdeutsche Algemeine Zeitung wrote about Andrey: “His performance cannot be forgotten. …The pianist presented such impressive music that is rarely heard.”


He began his musical education at the age of seven. In 1978 he moved to Moscow to study at the Music School and then at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He graduated in 1987 and received his MMus degree in 1989.


Andrey has already performed in of the most prestigious concert halls of the world and with the world’s best symphony orchestras such as the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, RAI Orchestra Milan, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Both solo recitals and concerts with the orchestras were acclaimed by audience and critics in the USA, South and Central America, Europe, Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, besides all Russia. Critics wrote after his solo recital at one of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls (Gewandhaus, Leipzig): "… his thoroughly unquestionable and irreprehensible technical accomplishment and imaginative interpretations, which amply tell the story of the brilliant Lisztian piano in its epic moments, or that of Schumannesque intimist in the idyllic ones. His playing is remarkable for its composure as for its complete pianistic command. The faultless proportions, the air of rapt simplicity, the perfect sense of balance and phrase were often breathtaking."

Pisarev is professor of piano at the Moscow Conservatory and has held masterclasses in Japan, the USA, Yugoslavia, France and Brazil, to name but a few.



Mozart: Fantasie in D minor, K.397
Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Schumann: Novelette No 8 in F-sharp minor, Op. 21

Chopin: Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1

Chopin: 4 Scherzi



The OSM, in collaboration with ClassicSA, presents masterclasses with Andrey on Thursday afternoon, 13 November (14:00 – 18:00).  For enquiries or is you are interested in taking part, contact Ninette Pretorius (051 401 2504 /



R130 (adults)

R90 (pensioners)

R70 (UFS staff)

R50 (students and learners)

R50 (group bookings of 10+)

Tickets available at Computicket.



Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 – 401 2504)

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