ANDREI PUSHKAREV was born in a family of musicians in Kiev, Ukraine. At the age of five, his musical education began with the piano - he entered the Kiev Special Music School.
From a young age, Andrei delighted in music and by age 14, his concentration shifted to percussion instruments.
In 1992 Andrei Pushkarev became a student of Kiev Tshaikovsky National Conservatory, where he continued his professional development with Professor Alexander Blinov.
During his studies at the Conservatory, Andrei began to create his own works including his own compositions for vibraphone solo. Andrei continued to study orchestral percussion, but the vibraphone had captured his soul. The vibraphone became much more than a favorite instrument to him. The vibraphone, a true solo instrument, was capable of transporting listeners to a world filled with new thrilling sounds and colors
Starting in 1999, his musical career escalated to a new level. Andrei Pushkarev joined the chamber orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, which he still is a member.
World-famous violinist Gidon Kremer created this orchestra in 1997. Since 1999, Andrei serves as percussionist of Kremerata Baltica and has participated in concerts around the world. Additionally, he participated in numerous recordings as a member of the ensemble on labels such as Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophon.ECM etc. As a soloist he can be heard on the CD release “After Mozart” which received a Grammy Award in 2001 in the U.S. as well as the Echo Award in 2002 in Germany.
Since then, he has made many arrangements for the vibraphone and violin solo with and without chamber orchestra. Together with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica he toured around the world, performing in numerous concert halls all around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and so on.
Andrei Pushkarev has performed with renowned musicians including Yo Yo Ma, Martha Argerich, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, Gabriela Montero, Didier Lockwood, Michel Portal, Mario Brunello, Peter Sadlo, David Friedman, Katia Skanavi, Gabor Boldoszki. Additionally, he has worked with highly-regarded conductors such as Yury Temirkanov, Voldemar Nelsson, Roman Kofman.
Since 2009 Andrei Pushkarev has regularly given Master-classes all around the world (South America, Europe and Australia). He has served as a judge in numerous International percussion competitions such as TROMP percussion competition (Holland) and International PAS Competition (Italy), Northwestern Competition (USA) and many others.
Since 2013 Andrei Pushkarev is endorser and the official performer of “Majestic Percussion” and “Innovative Percussion”.
Meanwhile, Andrei composes many arrangements for orchestras and different chamber squads featuring world famous musicians. Furthermore, he creates his own works.