Andrej Kasík, piano
Born in 1982, Andrej Kasík started playing the piano at the age of five. He was ten when he began working with Maria Georgiyevna Krychova, professor and head of the Piano Faculty of the Lvov State Conservatory, Ukraine (1992). A year later Andrej Kasík gave his first public appearances in Lvov and Ukraine. He played the Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major by Beethoven on his debut with the Lvov Philharmonic Orchestra in 1993.
This was followed by a series of other solo and orchestral concerts, which he gave in different European cities in the subsequent years, performing Mozart´s Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy´s Capriccio brillante, the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor by Edvard Grieg and Concerto No. 2 in A major by Franz Liszt.
Andrej Kasík´s solo repertory includes works by Domenico Scarlatti and Johann Sebastian Bach, sonatas and variations of the classical period, large romantic compositions by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Fryderyk Chopin, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms, and also pieces by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Skryabin, Sergei Rachmaninov, Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Witold Lutoslawski.
In 2001 he entered the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and a year later he became the pupil of Oleg Maisenberg at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. He graduated with distinction at his first concert diploma exam and was awarded the scholarship of the Tokyo Foundation for study excellences.
Andrej Kasík is regularly complementing his studies by piano master classes with prominent pedagogues, such as Rudolf Kehrer, Vladimir Krainev, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Elisso Virsaladze.