Born in Sydney, Andrew moved to Russia in 1999 where he studied voice at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under the direction of Professor Lev Morozov, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in June 2005. During his studies Andrew won a number of awards and scholarships: the Tait Memorial Trust Scholarship in 2005; 2nd place in the Yelena Obrastzova Singing Competition in St. Petersburg; the 2004 Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship; the Sir Robert Askin Operatic Travelling Scholarship; the Australian Opera Auditions Committee Joan Sutherland Richard Bonynge Scholarship. He also received support from the Australian Music Foundation and ARS Musica Australis. While based in Russia, Andrew was a regular soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. His concert engagements have taken him to many different cities and venues across the country.
Opera performances have included Andrew’s debut for Opera Australia as Fenton in Falstaff in 2006 and Lensky (Eugene Onegin) with the Bolshoi Opera, Moscow. He has also performed the role of Avvakum in the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s Boyarina Morozova at the Moscow State Conservatory; Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Novice (Billy Budd), Janek (The Makropoulos Affair) and Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) for Opera Australia; and returned to the Bolshoi for Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Alfred (Die Fledermaus) and to tour their production of Eugene Onegin performing Lensky at The Ljubljana Music Festival, Slovenia, La Scala, Milan and Teatro Real, Madrid. He made his debut at the Liceu, Barcelona as Silvio in Martin Y Soler’s L’Arbore di Diana, and his UK debut singing the role of Gomatz in Mozart’s Zaide with The Classical Opera Company. For Pinchgut Opera he has appeared as Orpheus in Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo and Egeo in Cavalli's Giasone.
On the concert platform Andrew has toured Asia with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva, under Alexander Rudin, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and the Sydney Philharmonia in Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St John Passion. He has also performed Elgar's Gerontius at St John's Smith Square, London, Dvorak's Stabat Mater in the Oxford Town Hall and Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Performing regularly with duo partner Daniel de Borah, he has given recitals for Musica Viva, ArtSong NSW and has performed at both the Huntington and Coriole Music Festivals. He has also appeared at the Australian Chamber Music Festival in Townsville. Andrew’s recent Australian performances have included the Evangelist in Bach's St Mathew Passion with the Melbourne Bach Choir, Bach B Minor Mass (The Song Company), Britten’s St Nicholas (Sydney Philharmonia), as well as appearing with the Songmakers, the Australian String Quartet’s Dunkeld Weekend of Music, Canberra International Music Festival, and in recitals with Daniel de Borah, with whom he also recorded Schubert's Die schoene Müllerin and Winterreise for ABC Classic FM.
You can see Andrew Goodwin in action at Great Classics - The Creation on Thursday 19 July.