ChugaiDuo is a family ensemble, founded by brothers Andrii (violin) and Oleksandr Chugai (piano).
They started to play together during their studies at the Kyiv Lysenko Music School. In 2006 Oleksandr moved to Zurich and the brothers parted ways while focusing on their own careers. It was only in 2013 when Andrii moved to Maastricht (Netherlands) when the duo found opportunities to play together once again.
Both musicians are winners of numerous international music competitions, including 1st prize in the "Giovani Musicisti" Citta di Treviso. As a duo they received important musical support from renowned musicians such as Boris Belkin, Pierre Amoyal, Pavel Gililov, Wen-Sinn Yang, Jörg Widmann and Valeriy Sokolov.
The duo has a versatile repertoire and offers concert programs consisting not only of piano and violin duos but also solo pieces.
Andrii Chugai, Violin
Andrii Chugai originates from Kiev, Ukraine. He graduated from the National Music Academy of P. Tchaikovsky in Kiev. Since 2013 he has been studying in the Netherlands with professor Boris Belkin at the Maastricht Conservatorium.
Andrii has performed in the major concerts halls of Ukraine with the National chamber orchestra “Kiev Soloists”, both as a member and as a soloist. Andrii has participated in many orchestral, chamber and solo music performances and festivals all around the world including Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, China, USA, Germany, Austria, Spain, Ukraine, and Russia.
He took a part in many master courses including Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with Boris Belkin, Schaffhauser Meisterkurse (Prof. Valeriy Sokolov, Wen-Sinn Yang, Jörg Widmann), Académie de musique de Lausanne (Prof. Pierre Amoyal and Pavel Gililov).
He is a winner of international competitions including Kotsiana (Czech Republic), and first place wins in “Silver Bells” (Ukraine), International music competition “Citta di Crotone” (Italy) and "XXI Century Art" (Ukraine).
In 2017 he has received several scholarships incluading DakApp and CM foundations.
Since September 2014 Andrii Chugai has an anonymous Italian violin, made in Naples ca.1850 on loan from the collection of The Dutch Music Instruments Foundation.
Oleksandr Chugai, Piano
Oleksandr Chugai, born in 1987, to a family of musicians in Kiev, Ukraine.Oleksandr began to learn the piano at the age of 6 years old under the tutelage of Tetyana Abaeva at the Kiev Special Music School. At age of 10 he made his concert debut with the National Ukrainian Orchestra of Radio and Television.
In 2005 he continued his studies under Professor Tatiana Roschina at Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Kiev, Ukraine. Following a successful tournée of Switzerland in 2006 renowned Russian pianist Konstantin Scherbakov invited Oleksandr to continue his studies at the University of Arts in Zurich, Switzerland.
Oleksandr Chugai is a laureate of many international competitions including First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein Memoriam International Piano Competition in Bydgosh, Poland; the National Music Competition in Lausanne, Switzerland; the International Music Competition Flame in Paris, France; the International Piano Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev, Ukraine; and the Carl Czerny International Piano Competition in Prague, Czech Republic.
Oleksandr Chugai has performed as soloist on both solo concert tours and as an orchestral soloist in Switzerland, Italy, France, USA, Russia, Israel, Ukraine, Slovakia, Portugal and Austria.
In 2010 Oleksandr won the national Switzerland Migros Scholarship and is currently studying at the University of Arts in Zurich under Prof. Karl-Andreas Kolly.
Oleksandr Chugai maintains an intensive concert activity as Soloist and with many Chamber music ensembles.