Press Release: Andrey Gugnin, September 2018

Published: August 28, 2018


ANDREY GUGNIN, the charismatic young Russian pianist, will give the opening concerts of the Amigos’ 2018-19 season. The first will be on Tuesday September 11 and Andrey will play music by Bach-Busoni, Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin whilst the second concert on Thursday September 13 will feature pieces by Shostakovich, Scriabin, Stravinsky and Balakirev.


Andrey was born in 1987 and has been involved in music since he was seven. He was eager to become a concert pianist and studied with Olga Mechetina, Valery Kastelsky and later with Prof. Vera Gornostayeva at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. He continued his studies at the International Piano Academy Lake Como.


Andrey has won many prizes in international competitions. In 2013 he won the 2nd prize at the Ludwig van Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna. The following year he won the Gold Medal and the Audience Award at the XVl International Gina Bachauer Piano Competition. Then, in 2016, Andrey won the 1st. prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition taking the accolades for best overall concerto, best 19th. or 20th. century concerto, best violin and piano sonata and best preliminaries within one recital. Piers Lane, who has played for the Amigos on several occasions – most recently in March 2018 – is the Artistic Director of this competition in Sydney.


Gugnin’s versatility puts him very much in the spotlight as a recitalist, chamber music partner and a soloist with orchestras in more than 20 countries. In Japan’s Okayama City his 2016 recital so motivated the public and the organisers that, soon after the concert, a festival for chamber music was established – the Takebe-cho ChamberMusic Festival – Gugnin and Friends.


Andrey is very much in demand as a studio artist. His recording of concerti by Shostakovich was used on the soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar winning film Bridge of Spies.


For more information about the AMIGOS DE MÚSICA and concert programs please see: For Membership enquires please contact For concert bookings please send an e-mail to or call Cristina at 914797980.


Amigos de Música concerts at Os Agostos begin at 7.00pm sharp. Doors open at 6.00pm and wine, fruit juices and canapés will be served. There will also be a short interval with refreshments served. Entry donation is €25 per person for guests and non-members.


The AMIGOS DE MÚSICA is an international group of around 90 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. It is a non-profit organization and celebrated its twenty-eighth anniversary last year.


Os Agostos is an impressive XVlll century country estate located above Santa Bárbara de Nexe and near Bordeira. For navigation instructions go to: and then to “HOW TO GET THERE”.


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