Andrey Baranov is winner of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition. He is also a winner of the Benjamin Britten and Henri Marteau International Violin Competitions, and a prizewinner of over twenty other international competitions including Indianapolis, Seoul, Sendai, Liana Isakadze, David Oistrakh, and Moscow Paganini international competitions. He is currently the first violinist of the David Oistrakh Quartet, a prominent ensemble established in 2012.
Andrey Baranov was born in St. Petersburg in 1986 into a family of musicians and began playing the violin at the age of five. He attended the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in St. Petersburg and Conservatoire de Lausanne where he studied with Lev Ivaschenko, Vladimir Ovcharek and Pavel Popov, though he considers his most important influence the acclaimed French violinist Pierre Amoyal. Baranov has also taken master classes from Boris Kushnir, Liana Isakadze, KimKashkashian, and many others. Since his major debut in 2005 at the St. Petersburg Philharmonie Grand Hall with Vassily Petrenko and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Baranov 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 Moscow and St. Petersburg Philharmonic halls. Many of Andrey Baranov’s performances have been broadcast worldwide – on BR Klassik, Radio Orpheus, Espace 2 Switzerland, YLE Radio Finland, WFYI, WFMT Chicago, USA, and NHK Sendai Japan. He has already appeared with prominent 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 Philharmonic London and SWR Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra under conductors Teodor Currentzis, Vassily Petrenko, Nikolay Alekseev, Michel Tabachnik, Walter Weller, Emmanuel Krivine and Kousuke Yamashita.
Andrey Baranov has performed alongside such artists as Martha Argerich, Julian Rachlin, Boris Andrianov, Pierre Amoyal, and Liana Isakadze. Aged only 23, he was appointed teaching assistant to Pierre Amoyal at the Conservatoire de Lausanne and has since been in demand as a teacher at many international master classes. He has been invited to institutions in Bangkok, Chicago, Riga, Vilnius, Stockholm, Moscow and others. In 2011 Andrey Baranov was invited by Teodor Currentzis to join Music Aeterna symphony orchestra at the Perm State Theatre as guest lead violinist. Baranov is honored to have been lent various great violins. At the Queen Elisabeth Competition he played a Poggi (1947) “ex-Milstein” violin on loan from the Munetsugu Hall-Yellow Angel Foundation in Japan and upon winning the first prize he received the “Huggins” by Stradivarius (1708) which is currently on loan from Nippon Music Foundation.