Andrey Baranov is winner of the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition 2012. He is also a winner of Benjamin Britten and Henri Marteau International Violin Competitions, and a prizewinner of more than twenty other international competitions including Indianapolis, Seoul, Sendai, Liana Isakadze, David Oistrakh, Paganini (Moscow) international competitions. Alongside his solo career Andrey also performs with the David Oistrakh String Quartet, an ensemble he founded with other leading young Russian musicians in 2012.
Born in St Petersburg in 1986 into a family of musicians, Andrey began playing the violin at the age of five. He attended the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St-Petersburg and Consevatoire de Lausanne. He studied with L. Ivaschenko, V. Ovcharek, P. Popov, but the most important teacher for Andrey will always be the legendary french violinist Pierre Amoyal. Andrey also has taken masterclasses from B. Kushnir, L. Isakadze, K. Kashkashian among many others.
Since making his major debut in 2005 at St.-Petersburg Philharmonic hall under V. Petrenko and the Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrey has performed on renowned stages throughout the world including Bozar Brussels, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Großer Saal Mozarteum, Cadogan Hall London, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Berlin, Tchaikovsky hall in Moscow, Mariinsky concert hall and St.-Petersburg Philharmonic halls.
Andrey has already appeared with leading international orchestras including Luxembourg Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium, MusicAeterna Orchestra, St-Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, Royal Phiharmonic London, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and SWR Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra under conductors T. Currentzis, V. Petrenko, V. Fedoseev, M. Tabachnik, W. Weller, E. Krivine and Y. Temirkanov, K. Nagano, T. Sanderling among others.
Andrey has performed alongside such artists as Martha Argerich, Julian Rachlin, Boris Andrianov, Pavel Vernikov, Pierre Amoyal, Eliso Virsaladze, Liana Isakadze.
Aged only 23 Andrey was appointed as teaching assistant to Pierre Amoyal at the Conservatoire de Lausanne and has since been in demand as a teacher at many international masterclasses. He has been invited to institutions in Bangkok, Chicago, Riga, Vilnius, Stockholm, Moscow, Manchester and more.