Andrey NemzerAdjunct Professor, Opera Workshop
Mary Pappert School of Music
School of Music, Room 319
Education:A.D., Duquesne University
Andrey Nemzer was born on Septemper 26, 1982 in Moscow (Russia). In his early childhood, he studied piano and clarinet. In 1989, Andrey entered Moscow Choir College named after A.V.Sveshnikov and started to sing in the College boys' choir (first as a boy alto, then as a boy soprano). In 1992, Andrey became a soloist and started touring with the Choir under the direction of People's Artist of Russia, Viktor Popov, in Russia and abroad - in Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland and USA. In 1994, Nemzer had participated in Russian premiere of Mozart's Masonic Cantatas at Moscow Conservatory's Great Hall with pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev.
In 2000, Andrey finished the College with distinction and entered Moscow Academy of Choral Art named after V.S.Popov, where he studied solo singing and choral conducting from 2000 through 2005. In 2010, Nemzer was awarded with a scholarship at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA) where he is currently serving as Adjunct Professor for the Opera Workshop.
Andrey started his singing career as a spinto tenor. Since 1999, he has sung in several Moscow church choirs. His first operatic engagements soon followed: in 2002 and 2003, Andrey sang at Russian premieres of Lulu by A.Berg (Alwa part) and Peter The Great by A.Grétry (Alexis part), staged at the Helikon Opera Theatre. Between 2003 and 2004, Nemzer took a study course at the Novaya Opera Theatre and also toured in China, Iceland, Great Britain and Spain.
In 2007, Andrey discovered that, due to his strong and deep falsetto, he was able to sing alto parts, so he began training to sing alto. Since 2008, Andrey has performed as a countertenor, singing sacred and secular music of different historical periods and styles in Russia and abroad - in USA, Czech, Serbia and Ukraine.
Nemzer had also successfully participated in international vocal competitions: in 2002, he became the prize winner at the X All-Russian Vocal Student Competition Bella voce (vocal ensembles category, II prize) where he performed in duet with Antonina Timofeyeva, and in 2009, he won the special prize, Best Competition Soloist, at the V International Choral Competition The Singing World, where he sang as a member of The Men's Choral Ensemble Blagovest, directed by Lev Pankratov. In 2010, Andrey was awarded a prize at The Pittsburgh Baroque Competition. In October 2011, Andrey won The Mildred Miller International Voice Competition and along with a monetary award, he won a position in The Resident Artist program of the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and a role in their upcoming Summer Festival (June - July, 2012). In November 2011, Andrey was chosen as one of the winners of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Pittsburgh District and in December was selected to be a National Semi-Finalist from The Great Lakes Region, and he later became one of five top competitors to win the competition.
Andrey frequently collaborates with many vocal and instrumental ensembles in both Russia and The United States. In Russia, these include The Pocket Symphony (under the direction of Nazar Kozhukhar),Intrada Vocal Ensemble (under the direction of Ekaterina Antonenko), the Moscow Sacred Music Ensemble (under the direction of Galina Koltsova), the Men's Choral Ensemble (under the direction of Lev Pankratov), The Grand Choir (under the direction of Lev Kontorovich) and the Moscow Synodal Choir of the Tretyakov Gallery (under the direction of Alexey Puzakov). In The United States, Andrey works withThird Presbyterian Church Choir (under the direction of Lenny Young) and organist, H. Preston Showman. He is also the primary soloist of The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.
Nemzer's repertoire spans from Renaissance and Baroque music to Avant Garde and Jazz, including Russian folk songs, romances, sacred music and opera.