Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, to a family of Armenian descent, Andrey Kasparov began his musical studies at the age of six. He later entered the Moscow State Conservatory, graduating with honors in Music Composition and Piano, in 1989 and 1990, respectively. It was at this time he met the young Oksana Lutsyshyn.
Among his keyboard instructors were Nina Emelianova, Vladimir Bunin, Sergei Dizhur, Dmitri Sakharov and Victor Merzhanov. His composition studies began with Tatyana Chudova and Tikhon Khrennikov, before transfer to the studio of Alexandr Chaikovsky. He was awarded a Third Prize (1985) for his Toccata for piano, and a Second Prize (1987) for his Six Aphorisms for flute, violin and cello, at the All-USSR Composition Competition.
Kasparov pursued doctoral studies in composition at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana, with Claude Baker, Wayne Peterson, Harvey Sollberger and Eugene O’Brien. In 1997 he was awarded Second Prize at the Prokofiev International Composers Competition for his Piano Sonata No. 2. Kasparov earned his D.M. in Music Composition from Indiana University in 1999.
Beginning in 1994, in conjunction with Peter Bartók and Nelson Dellamaggiore, Kasparov began research into Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and his Viola Concerto. That same year Kasparov was soloist with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic in the world premiere of the revised edition of Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
Presently, Dr. Kasparov serves as Professor of Music at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate Music Composition, Piano, and all levels of undergraduate Music Theory; and leads Old Dominion’s New Music Ensemble.
Besides his career as a composer and academic, Kasparov is a concert pianist and recording artist whose discography encompasses several record labels including Albany and Naxos Records. Since 2009, he has shared Artistic Directorship of the Norfolk Chamber Consort with wife and fellow pianist, Oksana Lutsyshyn. Together, they are co-founders of Invencia Piano Duo.
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