Born in Russia in the industrial city of Ufa, Andrew began to learn to play piano at the age of 7. After having graduated from the Ufa State College of Arts as a pianist, Andrew was employed as a studio musician and as a chief musical editor at the local broadcast station. Side by side with classical music, his major influences of that period were the recordings of Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. Main classical preferences – J.S.Bach, F. Chopin, G. Gershwin. Since that time till today, the massive keyboard sound together with the virtuoso piano fingerwork features his recordings made for the various bands and projects.