Andrej Hoteev

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Andrej Hoteev
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Background information
Born (1946-12-02) December 2, 1946 (age 70)
Leningrad, Soviet Union
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Classical pianist
Instruments Piano
Years active 1983–present
Labels RCA Red Seal (Sony Music), Berlin classics/Edel, Universal/KOCH Schwann, Accord, NCA/Membran

Andrej Ivanovich Hoteev (Андрей Иванович Хотеев/Andrei Chotejew; born December 2, 1946 in Leningrad) is a Russian classical pianist living in Germany.

Early life[edit]

Andrej Hoteev was born in Leningrad. He studied piano at Rimski-Korsakow-Conservatory in Saint Petersburg as well as at Tschaikowski-Conservatory in Moscow with Lev Naumov.[1][2]


He gave his very first concert in 1983 at the Moscow Conservatory. Other concerts all over Russia followed. His encounter with Svjatoslav Richter[3][4] in June 1985 at Saint Petersburg had a deep influence on Hoteev's pianistic style.[5] After the recommendation of Valery Gergiev he got the chance to give concerts in the Netherlands at Concertgebouw Amsterdam and in Germany at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in 1990.

Hoteev's first European tour followed in 1993, including cities in Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium and Spain. In the same year, he recorded his first CD in France. In September 1993 Hoteev played the manuscript version of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition for the first time in the UK at Purcell Room, London.[6] The Russian television of Saint Petersburg broadcast a concert with Hoteev and the Saint Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra in October 1993 from the Greater Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall presenting a new version of the 3rd piano concert by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with explanations by the pianist himself, who had rediscovered the original version with three movements after manuscripts by the composer.[7] Also in 1993 he moved to Hamburg with his family.

Andrej Hoteev and Vladimir Fedoseyev in Moscow 1996

In 1995 he gave several concerts in France. Among the concert venues on this tour were Salle Pleyel in Paris as well as the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier. He played with the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon and the Concerts Lamoureux Symphony Orchestra Paris.

Hoteev's premiere of the cycle of all three Tchaikovsky concertos in the original versions at the large hall of Moscow Conservatory as well as Tchaikovsky's Fantaisie de Concert for piano and orchestra, in November 1996, which got him worldwide attention and gave him the reputation of a Tchaikovsky expert. Two years later he presented and recorded the same program, along with the Allegro in C minor, as well as the Ungarische Zigeunerweisen by Franz Liszt and Sophie Menter in an orchestration by Tchaikovsky.[8][9] Another important activity is his work with radio and TV corporations like NDR and Deutschland Radio Berlin in Germany, VARA[10] and VPRO[11] Netherlands, Radio Lugano Switzerland, NHK and TBS in Japan.

In 2006, Andrej Hoteev realized a project with colored light, pictures and music at Greater Hall of the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. As soloist accompanied by Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrey Boreyko he presented the authentic colour light score with Clavier à lumières of Alexander Scriabin's Prometheus: The Poem of Fire rediscovered by himself as well as the original colored light and picture scores by Wassily Kandinsky to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.[12][13]

Andrej Hoteev in Scriabin museum, Moscow 2005 Prometheus-research

In 2014, as a result of his research, Andrej Hoteev presented his new CD recording of Mussorgskys "Pictures at an Exhibition" after original manuscripts from the Russian National Library of St.Petersburg.[14] He found numerous discrepancies compared with conventional sheet music editions that really changed the very essence of the music. [15] The present recording unveils the unconventional, unspoilt music that the composer originally intended.[16] The most important deviations are clearly documented with the use of illustrations from the manuscripts in the accompanying CD booklet.[17] The press says about the expressive power, dynamics, colour richness and intensity of Hoteev’s performance of the Mussorgskys originals[18] [19]" German Record Critics' Award" nomination 2014[20]

In January 2015 has Andrej Hoteev been awarded the "5 Diapason", France for outstanding classical music recordings [21]


Andrej Hoteev regularly works together with conductors like Thomas Sanderling, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Andrey Boreyko, Eri Klas, Pavel Kogan, Avi Ostrowsky, Woldemar Nelsson, Ravil Martynov, Vladislav Chernushenko and Vladimir Altschuler. He also appeares as pianist at recitals e.g. by Robert Holl. Having started in 2006, Andrej Hoteev also works together with soprano Anja Silja having realized several artistic programs with her ever since.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Hoteev is married to Russian pianist Olga Hoteeva. Together with her he released a new CD in 2012 with 22 unknown original transcriptions by Sergei Rachmaninoff for piano for four hands after Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty.[23]




  • Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, 2001
  • Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6. (Op. 82), 2003


  1. ^ Lutz Lesle: Review on "The Sleeping Beauty", Concerti 2012
  2. ^ [1] Андрей Хитрук “Защитник окружающей среды“ Российский музыкант № 3 (1233), апрель 2005
  3. ^ Andrej Hoteev über Sviatoslav Richter
  4. ^ Jürgen Kesting:[2]"Andrej Hoteevs Hommage für Richters singende Finger" Hamburger Abendblatt vom 04.06.2010
  5. ^ Lesle Lutz (June 7, 2010). "Ein olympisches Programm". Die Welt. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Biography entry, International Who's who in music
  7. ^ Lesle Lutz (March 27, 2000). "Verschlüsselte Klangbotschaften werden jetzt enthüllt". Die Welt. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ Sophie Menter auf
  9. ^ Juergen Kesting (November 12, 1998). "Ein düsterer Romantiker". Die Zeit. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  12. ^ Berard von Günter (August 29, 2006). "Musik sehen, Farbe hören". Hamburger Abendblatt. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ Morgen Post September 6th 2006 Eroeffnung
  14. ^ Pure Mussorgsky Presto Classical 20th Oct 2014
  15. ^ Remy Franck:Mussorgsky of the original manuscript, Pizzikato 24.09.2014
  16. ^ Heinz Gelking:"Pure Mussorgsky"
  17. ^ Dorothea Bossert:Diese CD hat Folgen SWR2 16.9. 2014
  18. ^ Gregor Willmes:Original-Pictures FonoForum, November 2014
  19. ^ Andrej Hoteev at AllMusic
  20. ^ Longlist Bestenliste 4.2014 Jury Piano music/Klaviermusik
  21. ^ [3] Diapason, France Janvier 2015
  22. ^ Antje Rössler (March 10, 2009). "Zugabe einer Gräfin". Berliner Zeitung. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Information on the work and the recording". Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  24. ^ Andrej Hoteev: Bilder einer Ausstellung + Lieder und Tänze des Todes Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine.

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