Born in Bucharest, Andrei Licareţ began studying piano with his father at the age of five. At the age of eleven, he made his debut as a soloist, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C major, KV 246, with the Bucharest Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. He attended the “George Enescu” High School of Music in Bucharest, where he studied with Gabriela Enăşescu.
He studied at the University of Music in Bucharest, where he enjoyed receiving guidance from reputable professors such as Viniciu Moroianu, Dana Borşan, Steluța Radu, Șerban Soreanu and Dan Dediu, with whom he also studied composition. He then continued his studies with two of the greatest piano teachers, Jacques Rouvier, at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and at the Universität der Künste Berlin, as well as with the legendary pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, receiving distinctions such as prestigious soloist diplomas, the Konzert exam and Artist diploma. He also participated in the Steans Institute’s program for young musicians at the famous Ravinia festival.
Andrei Licareţ won the First Prize at the Jeunesses Musicales and Bucharest Yamaha competitions and was awarded the Lory Wallfisch Prize. He also received the Second Prize at the Tel-Hai Contest and the Shreveport Concert Contest.
In April 2013, Andrei Licareţ performed a highly acclaimed recital at the Chamber Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic and in February 2013 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall with a successful recital at Weill Recital Hall. “His refined sensitivity and the warmth of his sound, together with the virtuosity of the interpretation were in line with this monumental work, the second concert by S. Rachmaninoff” (Lübecker Nachrichten, October 2011). “Licareţ interpreted naturally, poetically and with extraordinary attention to detail – a sparkle that makes you want more” (Washington Post).
The pianist Andrei Licareţ has performed in concerts and recitals in the most important cities in Europe and the United States, being appreciated by great musicians of the world, such as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Richard Goode, Dmitri Bashkirov, Dominique Merlet. Valentin Gheorghiu called him “an exceptional pianist”.
He also benefited from the praise of the specialized press which considers him an artist who “ventures to the heart of music” (România Literară) and whose “rich artistic maturity and depth exceed the limits of a simple capacity” (L’Unione Sarda).
A versatile musician, with both solo and chamber performances, Andrei Licareţ has given concerts in Paris, Vendôme, Santander, Berlin, Würzburg, London, Rome, Lucca, Livorno, Thessaloniki, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Prague, Tel Aviv, Warsaw , Brussels, Madrid, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Houston etc. As a soloist, he has been invited to perform together with the most important Romanian orchestras, as well as by ensembles from Lübeck, Würzburg, Cagliari and Mexico City, collaborating with conductors such as Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Cristian Măcelaru, Gerd Schaller, Jin Wang, Arnold Ostman, Arie Vardi, Ilarion Ionescu-Galaţi, Florentin Mihăescu, Anthony Bramall, Justus Franz and Jose Arean. The pianist recorded works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and Ravel for the Romanian Broadcasting Institution.