Biography

Andrey Ponochevny’s career has encompassed the globe as a preeminent talent among performing artists today. Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer has written that, “His performance seized attention from first note to last.” Additionally, The Washington Post stated that his playing had “power and finesse that brought the audience to its feet in a long-standing ovation.”
 
Ponochevny has received prizes at many international piano competitions including the Bronze Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, First Prize at the William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland and First Prize at the Tomassoni International Piano Competition in Cologne. His other competition accolades include awards at international competitions in Prague, Warsaw (Chopin), Dublin, Hong Kong, Riga and New Orleans. 

Among his numerous awards, he was twice named “Outstanding Artist in China” (2009 and 2011), “Honorable Professor” of Jilin College of Arts (China) and “Visiting Professor” at Beihua University (China). In his hometown of Minsk (Belarus), he was awarded the title “Minskovite of the year” in 2002. 

In the concert hall, Ponochevny has garnered equal success having performed extensively in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. He has given solo recitals at major venues including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, The Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Philharmonie in Cologne, City Hall in Hong Kong, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Salle Alfred Cortot in Paris, National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Stadtcasino in Basel and the Harbin Opera House in China. 

Ponochevny’s appearances with orchestras include performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Des Moines Symphony, Irving Symphony, Plano Symphony, Belarusian State Chamber Orchestra, East Texas Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Nashua Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wuhan Philharmonic, Tianjin Symphony, Xinjiang Philharmonic, Belarusian State Symphony and the Orquestra Filarmonica del Municipio de Guayaquil, among others. 

His concerts have been broadcast on WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, WDR Cologne (Germany), Kultura Minsk (Belarus), SIRTVS Ljubljana (Slovenia), ROROR Bucharest (Romania), AUABC Adelaide (Australia), and DKDR Copenhagen (Denmark).   Ponochevny has also performed at many prestigious festivals including the Ruhr Klavier Festival and International Ludwigsburg Festival (Germany), Serie de los Nuevos Virtuosos (Puerto Rico), Bravissimo Festival (Guatemala), International Keyboard Institute & Festival (New York City, NY), Changchun International Festival (China), Piano Texas (Fort Worth, TX), Music in the Mountains (Durango, CO) and Lanzhou International Piano Festival (China). 

Mr. Ponochevny currently teaches at the University of Dallas (Irving) and Southern Methodist University (Dallas).

Mr. Ponochevny is a Yamaha Artist.