Natalia Smirnova laid what was to become the foundations for Andrey Gugnin to pursue thecareer of a concert pianist, which enabled him to study with Olga Mechetina, Valery Kastelsky &Lev Naumov and later with Vera Gornostayeva at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatorywhereupon from 2016 he continues with Stanislav Ioudenitch and William Naboré at theInternational Piano Academy Lake Como. In 2013 Andrey Gugnin gained 2nd prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition inVienna and 2014 saw the Gold Medal and the Audience Award at the XVI International GinaBachauer Piano Competition, followed by the first prize in the Sydney International PianoCompetition in 2016, taking the accolades for best overall concerto, best 19th or 20th centuryconcerto, best violin and piano sonata, and best preliminaries round one recital. Excelling in four hands with Vadym Kholodenko, his capacity as an avid chamber musician iswell proven the 2nd prize gained in 2008 at San Marino Competition. Gugnin has performed under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky SymphonyOrchestra as well as other conductors such as Jaap Van Zweden, Reinbert de Leeuw, DanielRaiskin, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Asher Fisch. London Philharmonic Orchestra, State AcademicSymphony Orchestra of Russia, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony andSydney Symphony are just a few of the orchestras that had welcomed Gugnin as guest soloist. He has enjoyed chamber music with Asko Schönberg ensemble, Orchestre de Chambre deGenève, Jerusalem Camerata and Camerata Salzburg and on several occasions duo withviolinist Tasmin Little. Gugnin is very much in demand as a recording artist ranging from piano concertos byShostakovich together with the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia, (DelosInternational, 2007), music for piano duo iDuo (together with Vadim Kholodenko, DelosInternational, 2010), duo program with violinist Ioana Cristina Goicea (Atoll Records, 2019) and arecital program from (Steinway & Sons) with the Pictures of the Exhibition. The recording ofShostakovich concerti was used on the soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning film,“Bridge of spies”. Andrey has also recorded for TV and radio in Russia, The Netherlands,Croatia, Austria, Australia, Switzerland and the USA. Gugnin had recorded Shostakovich signing with Hyperion Records in 2018 (coming outSeptember 2019) followed by his second CD “Hommage to Godowsky” under the same Label. Gramophone reviewed his Liszt CD (PianoClassics) as the Editors choice plus “one to watch”section. In 2020 Gugnin embarks to perform all Beethoven concerti with Moscow Philharmonic in hispersonal Subscription series. Vienna’s Musikverein, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Carnegie Hall in New York, Abravanel Hall in SaltLake City, Sydney Opera House, the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, theTchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Mariinsky Concert Hall, the Louvre, Paris, TokyoMetropolitan Art Space and Asahi Hamarikyu Hall just to mention part of the expanding list. Verbier Festival, Ruhr Klavier Festival, Mariinsky International Festival, Dubrovnik SummerFestival, the Ohrid Summer Festival, Duszniki Chopin International festival are just part of theextensive list of the festivals he has participated.