Ukrainian violinist Andrej Bielow was born in 1981. As a soloist and chamber musician he has recorded over 20 albums for Naxos, Berlin Classics and cpo among others, and has collaborated with renowned international orchestras under eminent conductors.
Bielow studied with Michael Kusnetsov, attended the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, and received tuition from Gérard Poulet in Paris, and Herman Krebbers, Ida Haendel, Ana Chumachenco and Alfred Brendel. Bielow has won major prizes at international competitions, and has been awarded scholarships from the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, F.C. Gundlach Foundation, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and Förderpreis of the Lower Saxony.
He is also a passionate advocate of chamber music, joining the Szymanowski Quartet as leader from 2005 until 2014. Bielow has been on the violin faculty at the Kunstuniversität Graz since 2014, teaches at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, and is a visiting tutor at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2005 he founded the Musik braucht Freunde Foundation with Johan Weiss. Bielow plays a Peter Greiner Violin (1998) from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, and an ‘ex Flesch’ violin (1745) by Lorenzo Guadagnini, on loan from a private donor.