Concert Biography

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"A lively bow arm, a fluid and engaged expression,
so, a beautiful instrumental mastery gives his playing fantasy,
spontaneity and liberty."
Diapason - France

Andrew Hardy is a native of Baltimore, Maryland (U.S.A ), where, at the age of 15 gave his solo debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, after winning the BSO Young Soloists Competition.
He attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University from 1979 - 1982, where he was winner of first prizes in the Concerto Competition and ”Concours” Recital Competition, and earned a Bachelor degree with high distinction. He studied violin and chamber music with such eminent Professors as John Merrill, Charles Libove, Dorothy Delay, Stephen Kates, Ellen Mack, Berl Senofsky, Leon Fleisher and Raphel Druian.
In 1983, he won a prize, awarded by Isaac Stern, for his performances at the 92nd St. YMCA, and Carnegie Hall in the International American Music Competitions sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Upon leaving the Conservatory, from 1985 - 1987, Mr. Hardy was engaged as Co-Concertmaster and Soloist (Concertos by Bach, Bruch, Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky) with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Orchestra, TX.

From 1987 - 1990 he lived in Germany where he was appointed as Soloist and First Concertmaster of the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, and Soloist and First Concertmaster of the Würtembergischen Kammerorchester Heilbronn. In Germany Mr. Hardy performed frequently as soloist in Concertos by Bach, Tartini, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Bruch, Beethoven and Brahms.

Since 1990, Mr. Hardy has resided in Brussels, Belgium, and has pursued an active solo and chamber music career. In 2002 Mr. Hardy acquired Belgian Nationality (dual citizenship with the U.S.).

Andrew Hardy has frequently performed for live radio and television broadcasts, and has made numerous internationally acclaimed CD recordings for the labels TALENT (Belgium), OLYMPIA (United Kingdom), CALLIOPE (France) and MUSIQUE EN WALLONIE (Belgium), REGIS RECORDS, Ltd. (UK) including works for violin and piano by Franz Schubert: Sonata, Rondo and Fantasie (Talent - 1990), Robert and Clara Schumann: The Complete Sonatas and Romances (Olympia - 1991), Sergei Prokofiev and Leoš Janáček: Complete Sonatas (Olympia - 1991), Max Reger: Sonata in C minor, Op. 139, and Richard Strauss, Op. 18 (Olympia - 1992).
Mr. Hardy recorded 3 Russian Violin Concertos with Veronika Dudarova and The Symphony Orchestra of Russia (recorded at the Melodia Studio in Moscow) by Nicholas Rakov, Dmitri Kabelevsky, and Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebaline (Olympia - 1995).
The 2 CD recording of Johannes Brahms’ Complete Violin Sonatas (with pianist, Uriel Tsachor), including the 3 Violin Sonatas, Scherzo FAE, and the Two Clarinet Sonatas, Op. 120 - transcribed by Brahms for violin - recorded at the Tibor Varga Foundation Studio in Sion, Switzerland (Calliope - 1997) was awarded
5 diapasons from the French review, Diapason.
In 2005 Mr. Hardy was presented with the “Artist’s Prize” from the Fondation SPES (Belgium), which contributed to the realisation of an ambitious recording project (Uriel Tsachor, piano), co-produced by “Les XXI”,
Musique en Wallonie, the Belgian Radio; Musiq3, and the Belgian Government; “175 – 25”, celebrating the 175th anniversary of Belgium, encompassing 8 Violin & Piano Sonatas, on 4 CDs (MEW 0528-0531 – released in December 2006), dedicated to the great Master violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, including works by César Franck, Albéric Magnard, Joseph Jongen, Sylvio Lazzari, Louis Vierne, Guy Ropartz, Gustav Samazeuilh and Guillaume Lekeu.
In August 2006 this recording ("Les Sonates Dédiées à Eugène Ysaÿe") was also awarded
5 diapasons, from the French review, Diapason, and has received uniformly high praise from an international press.

Andrew Hardy has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras in the U.S., throughout Europe and in Russia, and regularly appears as recitalist, and chamber musician throughout Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, and Spain), and the United States. His repertoire encompasses a broad range of works from Johann Sebastian Bach to present-day composers.

In April 2006 the Duo Hardy–Tsachor gave the inaugural performance opening the new Concert Hall (“Wolubilis”) in Brussels in the Presence of the Belgian Royal Family.

Andrew Hardy is Vice President and Music Director of the cultural organization
“Les XXI”, formed in 2000, which has a regular chamber music series with outstanding international performers.

Since 2002 Mr. Hardy has been a member of the Violin Jury at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music, the Liège Royal Conservatory, Belgium, and (from 2015) the Mons Royal Conservatory for violin evaluations (Bachelor B2-4 & Masters Degree M1-2 and Conservatory Competitions).

From 1989 Andrew Hardy performed and recorded, playing a violin by Josef Guadagnini, Cremona, dating from 1783. He currently plays an instrument made by his father, violinmaker, Raymond Hardy (2008; modelled after the "Heifetz" Guarnerius Del Gesu).