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Double Bill: AndrEy Gugnin & Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev

November 2018


Andrey Gugnin


Andrey is the winner of the Ernest Hutcheson First Prize of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition. He is also the winner of 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. In addition, as part of his first prize, he received concerto performances with Maestro Valery Gergiev in the 2016/2017 Contemporary Piano Faces Mariinsky International Piano Festival St Petersburg, a concerto engagement with the London Philarmonic Orchestra in 2018, a CD recording for Hyperion Records, recitals in Konzerte im Thümer-saal Bochum Germany 2017, the Bard Music Festival in New York State and Newport Festival Rhode Island 2017 along with recitals and orchestra engagements in Australian cities in 2016 and 2017.

Andrey tours as a recitalist, a chamber music partner and a soloist with orchestras having performing in more than twenty countries and at venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, the Eastman School of Music, the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Moscow International House of Music, the Louvre, the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, the Zagreb Opera and Vienna’s Musikverein.

He has collaborated with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Symphony Orchestra of the Saint-Petersburg Cappella, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo New City Orchestra, the Israel Camerata, the Utah Symphony Orchestra, the Asko Schönberg ensemble and the Camerata Salzburg and Raanana Symphonette among other. He has been welcomed as a guest artist at the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Mariinsky International Festival, the Musical Olympus festival, the Art-November International Festival of Arts, Vivacello, Ars-longa, the Ohrid Summer Festival, the Summer Evenings in Zagreb festival, the Youth Festival in Aberdeen and the Bermuda Islands Performing Arts Festival and many others.

See Andrey Gugnin's 2016 Competition Profile →



Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev


Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev is the winner of the Percy Grainger Second Prize of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition where he also won the Isador Goodman Best Preliminaries Round 2 Recital Prize.

In April 2018 Arsney will make his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto and later that year tour Europe under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington with Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto. He has recently become an exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics and his first CD under this label will be released in 2018. In celebration Arseny will be touring Australia in October and November 2018.

Arseny is the grandson of famous Russian pianist Tatyana Nikolayeva – lifelong friend of Dmitri Shostakovich. Arseny is also the winner of the 5th International Scriabin Piano Competition, was awarded 2nd prize and special prize for the performance of Russian music at the Cleveland International Piano Competition and 2nd prize at the Grieg International Piano Competition in Bergen.

He has toured in Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Lithuania, Poland, Israel, Macedonia, China, Japan, USA and Mexico and performed with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed in the prestigious Christmas and New Year Eve Galas with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Maestro Valery Gergiev.

Arseny graduated with Honours from the Central Musical School of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, and is currently studying with Professor Sergey Dorensky at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.

See Areseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev's 2016 Competition Profile →

Upcoming Concerts



Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasia in D minor K.397

Franz Liszt: Transcendental Études No.11 in DMajor ‘Harmonies du soir’ and No.12 in B♭minor ‘Chasse-neige’

Sergei Rachmaninoff: 6 Moments musicaux Op.16


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Andrey Gugnin


Johann Sebastian Bach / Ferruccio Busoni: Prelude & Fugue in D Major BWV532

Robert Schumann: Arabesque in C Major Op.18

Frédéric Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 Op.58


Sydney, NSW

Date: Saturday 10 November

Time: 7:30pm


  • Premium $70
  • Adult $60
  • Concession $54
  • Friends $52
  • Students $25
*Booking fee of 30 cents

Duration: 110min program including interval



Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
1 Conservatorium Road, Sydney NSW 2000

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Melbourne, VIC

Date: Sunday 11 November

Time: 3:00pm


  • Adult $70
  • Concession $64
  • Friends $62
  • Students $25
*Booking fee of 30 cents

Duration: 110min program including interval



Yamaha Premium Piano Centre
17 Market Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205


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