(First Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zürich)
Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice. In summer 2015, he was awarded First Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zürich, as well as the Mozart and Audience Prizes. These victories result in numerous performances throughout Europe under the auspices of the Géza Anda Foundation.
Andrew is a laureate of the Leeds International Piano Competition where he won the new Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize, awarded by the orchestra and conductor Sir Mark Elder. He joins the Hallé Orchestra again this season to perform concerti by Chopin and Grieg. With concerto performances taking him across North America and Europe, Andrew has performed with orchestras from the North Carolina Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, to the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the National Orchestra of Belgium under Marin Alsop. Further afield he has appeared in Russia including performances with the Moscow Virtuosi and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. This season he performs with Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Musikkollegium Winterthur.
Regularly appearing in recital, Andrew performs across the US, in Boston, Chicago, Miami and New York, and in Europe at venues such as the Zürich Tonhalle, Muziekcentrum de Bijloke Gent and the Brussels Palais des Beaux-Arts. Appearances this season include the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall and the NDR Hannover amongst others. No stranger to the festival scene, Andrew’s previous performances include the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. This season he performs at the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Lucerne Piano Festival and returns once again to the Dubrovnik Festival.
As a chamber musician, Andrew appears in Europe with violinist Benjamin Beilman in venues including the Auditorium du Louvre, Paris and London’s Wigmore Hall. This season sees them embark upon a major recital tour of Australia with repertoire from Saint-Saëns and Janáček to a world premiere for violin and piano by Jane Stanley.
Andrew is represented on disc by the complete Chopin Preludes which was released in October 2014 on the Alpha Classics label with a further disc featuring works by Scriabin and Ravel due for release this season.
As winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2011, Tyson was awarded YCA’s Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize and the John Browning Memorial Prize. In 2013 he was the Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient. He is a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and won the Eastern Music Festival Competition at the age of 15. After early studies with Dr. Thomas Otten of the University of North Carolina, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Claude Frank. He later earned his Master’s degree and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, where he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Piano.