Off-Campus Instructor, Piano (Edgemont)
Alexandra Andrievsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine, to a family of musicians. She started piano lessons with her mother, the pianist Irina Zaritskaya, at the age of seven.
In 1972 her family immigrated to Israel. Thereafter she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England, with Irina Zaritskaya at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv University (where she completed her degree Summa Cum Laude), and at the Royal College of Music in London (where she completed a postgraduate course). She gained scholarships from the Martin Trust and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Alexandra has performed extensively as a soloist and a chamber musician. She appeared at Summer Festivals in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, and Britain, has toured as a solo recitalist in Spain as well as in Scotland, and was a resident pianist at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival from 1988 to 1996. Alexandra has also participated in the Open Chamber Music of the International Musicians' Seminar in Cornwall, England, and has taken part in masterclasses with Sándor Végh, György Kurtág, Steven Kovacevic, Tamás Vásáry, András Schiff, and Steven Isserlis. She has also recorded Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock for a compact disc in 1997 with the renowned clarinettist Giora Feidman for the pläne label. Her duo partners have included Jian Liu (vln), Sophie Renshaw (vla), Claire Docherty (vln), Peter Evans (1 piano, 4 hands), Judith Herbert (vcl), Rona Murray (vln), Gabrielle Lester (vln), Daniel Hope (vln), Yuri Zhislin (vln), Josef Luptak (vcl), and Esther Geldard (vla).
Alexandra was based in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 1987 to 1994 and was involved in the musical life of Scotland in many different ways: she performed as a soloist and in duo partnerships in music clubs and major concert halls all over Scotland; taught the piano to many students including Edinburgh University students; deputized and accompanied at St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh and taught the piano at the Specialist Music Unit of Douglas Academy in Milngavie, Glasgow. She has also been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 Scotland.
Alexandra moved to London, England, in 1994, and took up piano teaching posts at Eton College in Berkshire, and at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. She also taught as Irina Zaritskaya's assistant at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey and the Royal College of Music Senior Department until 2001, when Irina passed away. In 2002 she was invited to give masterclasses in Germany and Holland. She also had a large private practice that included students from the Purcell School, a specialist music school in Hertfordshire, England. Over the years, her students have included the children of many musicians, for example, Boris Berezovsky, Steven Isserlis, and Dimitri Sitkovetsky.
In 2004, Alexandra moved to Calgary, AB., with her Canadian husband and children. She is a piano Instructor with the Conservatory of Mount Royal University, and has built a busy and dynamic studio. She enjoys adjudicating Festivals, and touring with the acclaimed violinist Andrea Neumann as the Vermilion Duo.
Her work is reflected in the many successes of her students, who have, amongst other things, received scholarships to prestigious Music Colleges, prizes and scholarships in local, provincial and national competitions, and places on various music schemes (Park Lane Group, Live Music Now). Alexandra aims to integrate the warmth, imagination, commitment and thoroughness of the Russian School (her own training) with the encouragement of independence of thought, development of all-round musicianship and ease of communication between teacher and student that are more often associated with the Western tradition.