born in Moscow, began playing the bayan (Russian button accordion) at the age of six. He studied with Kommissarov and Muntjan at the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow and graduated with diplomas in conducting, music pedagogy and bayan. Until 1992 he was the conductor of the Moscow State Ensemble with which he toured around the USSR, in Yugoslavia, Poland and Hungary. At the same time he continued with his composition studies, and in 1989 his composition Between Evening and Midnight was selected as the compulsory piece for the Moscow International Accordion Competition.
Andrej has lived in southern Germany since 1992. He performs regularly with various musical groups and also as a soloist. These include various duo projects with violinists, cellists and guitarists, the Argentinian tango outfit Tango-Komplott and Duo Cantaccord with Kallaton-vocalist Katalin Horváth. Andrej is also the musical director and conductor of various youth and adult accordion orchestras and he regularly composes and arranges music for a number of music publishers. He plays a bayan (a large chromatic Russian button accordion type B) with 106 buttons (tonal range from E1 to g5) and 120 button Stradella (MII) and free-bass (MIII) converter.