Andriy Dragan, Piano
Andriy Dragan was recognized early by teachers and press as an exceptional talent. Since his birth he has lived from music and for music. Numerous prizes testify to his artistic skills.
Among others, Andriy Dragan was awarded the Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes and the 1st prize and Prix Collard of the Kiefer-Hablitzel Foundation.
Born into a Ukrainian family of musicians, Andriy Dragan began playing the piano at the age of four. He was encouraged by his parents and trained at a young age by Lidia Krych in his hometown of Lviv Krych. At the age of twelve he was already allowed to perform as a soloist in Franz Xaver Mozart's Piano Concerto under the direction of Gunhard Mattes in his home country and in Switzerland. Andriy Dragan is still occupied with the still little known music of W.A. Mozart's son - in the summer of 2021 his album "Franz Xaver Mozart - Variations" was released.
Andriy Dragan studied at the Music Academy Basel with Adrian Oetiker. Still living in Basel today, he is also a Swiss citizen since 2020.
Already during his studies at the Music Academy Basel Andriy Dragan received various national and international engagements as soloist and chamber musician. For example at the Lucerne Festival, the Verbier Festival or as "Artist in Residence" at the Festival La Roque d'Antheron. Accompanied by the Basel Symphony Orchestra, he was allowed to perform the Piano Concerto No. 2 as well as the Rhapsody on the Theme of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninov.
This was followed by performances at various festivals such as the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Annecy Classic Festival, Festival d'Auvers-sur-Oise, Rheingau Music Festival, Schloss Elmau, Zaubersee Festival, Unione Musicale Torino, Bergen International Festival, Piano à St.Ursanne and Menhir Festival.
Andriy Dragan has performed in concert halls such as Herkulessaal Munich, Stadtcasino Basel, KKL Lucerne, Tonhalle Zurich and National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine.
He received important artistic impulses in master classes with Zoltán Kocsis, Piotr Anderszewski, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Ferenc Rados, Klaus Hellwig and Alfred Brendel as well as during his studies at the International Music Academy Liechtenstein from Dmitri Baschkirow, Arie Vardi, Hung Kuant Chen, Milana Chernyavska and Pavel Gililov.
His love for symphonic music was the impetus for his further training as a conductor at the Lucerne Academy of Music (2016-2017) with the renowned conductor Howard Arman.
Andriy Dragan is also a sought-after chamber music partner. He has performed with Kian Soltani, Ivan Monighetti, Lech Antonio Uszynski, Lisa Schatzmann, Astrig Siranossian, Andrei Ionita, Alexandra Conunova and François Benda, among others.
For several years, he has also been performing regularly with Trio Barvinsky, which he founded with violinist Vasyl Zatsikha and cellist Alessio Pianelli in 2018. In 2019, the trio was successfully included in the Migros Culture Percentage Chamber Music Competition in its talent platform.
Andriy Dragan is an enormously committed and virtuoso artist who likes to cloak his talent in modesty - and therefore prefers to let his playing speak for itself.