Andrei Kolomiitsev – one of the most distinctive and popular Russian organ and harpsichord performers – was born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1976. He got his musical education at Nizhny Novgorod (with Prof. N.I. Balykov) and Moscow (with Prof. N.L. Starkman) conservatoires. Being a student of the Moscow conservatoire, he began to study organ with Prof. S.L. Dizhur. Owing to the communication with Maria Rasputina, Andrei got acquainted with the practice of historical interpretation of early music. In 2001 Andrei Kolomiitsev went onto further study at the Stuttgart Academy of Music (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart) – one of the most prestigious schools specialized in historical keyboard performance – where he studied organ and historical keyboard instruments with Prof. Jürgen Essl (historical organ) and Prof. Jon Laukvik (harpsichord). Concurrently he was greatly influenced by private lessons with Prof. Dr. Kenneth Gilbert in Paris and Chartres on the historical harpsichords from his remarkable collection. In 2006 Kolomiitsev obtained diplomas in two specialities: organ and historical keyboard instruments, and two years later masterly completed postgraduate studies (Concert exam) at the Department of historical keyboard performance of the Stuttgart Academy. During the studies Andrei took part in the numerous organ courses and masterclasses with such teachers as Wolfgang Zerer, Markus Eichenlaub, Arvid Gast, Michel Chapuis, Pieter van Dijk, Pier-Damiano Peretti, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Paolo Crivellaro, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Edoardo Bellotti and also the courses and masterclasses for harpsichord (with Andrea Marcon), chamber music and thorough-bass with Anton Steck, Maria Leonhardt, Christoph Mayer and Jesper Christensen.
Andrei Kolomiitsev is a prizewinner and finalist of the international organ competitions for early music in the Netherlands (Leiden) and Italy (Borca-di-Cadore and Carunchio), carries out active concert activities in the capacity of an organist and harpsichordist (in Russia and abroad). His performances could be heard on different historical organs in Russia (St. Petersburg Academic Capella), the Baltic states (Ugale, Latvia), Germany (St. Wenzel Church in Naumburg, St. James’ Church and St. Catherine’s Church in Hamburg, Ludgerikirche in Norden, etc.), Italy (Valle-di-Cadore, Borca-di-Cadore, etc.). He took part in organ festivals “Organi Storici in Cadore” (Italy), “Organ Evenings in Kuskovo” (Moscow), Easter Festival “Lux organum” (St. Petersburg), Moscow Organ Festival, and early music festivals: “Baroque & Classic Nizhny Novgorod” 2009-2014, “Earlymusic” 2009 St. Petersburg, “Secrets of early music” (St. Petersburg, 2013-2014) etc.
Within the framework of major large-scale performance projects he cooperated with the following chamber and baroque orchestras and ensembles: Ensemble 94 Stuttgart, Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra, baroque orchestra of Handel Academy in Karlsruhe, chamber orchestra “Soloists of Nizhny Novgorod”, baroque capella “Golden Age”, ensemble “New Holland”, Russian early music ensemble; and also with the following musicians: Grigori Warshawsky (organ), Maria Uspenskaya (harpsichord), Ivo Sillamaa (harpsichord, Estonia), Christoph Mayer (baroque violin, Germany), Vladimir Shulyakovsky (baroque violin), Alexander Listratov (baroque cello). As part of baroque orchestra Capella classica he recorded a disc on SWR-radio with J.C.F. Fischer’s “Psalmi vespertini”. Among his recordings one can name organ, harpsichord and ensemble (basso continuo) ones.
Andrei Kolomiitsev carries out educational activities, making reports about ancient keyboard instruments and historical interpretation of keyboard music of the 15th-18th centuries for the students of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow (international organ symposium “Organ in the XXI century”), Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and St. Petersburg conservatories, Samara Academy of Arts, Smolny Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University. Together with Grigori Warshawsky Andrei is currently implementing the project of performance of all Johann Sebastian Bach’s organ works.
At present, Andrei Kolomiitsev is teaching organ, harpsichord and thorough-bass at the Faculty of Arts of St. Petersburg State University. He is also an organist of Lutheran Church of St. Catherine in St. Petersburg. Concurrently he teaches organ and harpsichord at organ school at the Church of St. Catherine, which unites music lovers and professional musicians. Apart from that, he is engaged in translation of the pivotal historical sources on the history of keyboard music and works on the thesis research devoted to peculiarities of French harpsichord tradition of the 17th century.