Andrey Nemzer
 
  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 had 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 since 2000 till 2005. In 2010 Nemzer was awarded with a scholarship and a position as a teaching assistant at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA) where he is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma degree in Music Performance.
 
Andrey had started his singing career as a spinto tenor. Since 1999 he began to sing in different Moscow church choirs. Later his first operatic engagements 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. Since 2003 till 2004 Nemzer took a study course at the Novaya Opera Theatre. He had also toured in China, Island, Great Britain and Spain.
 
In 2007 Andrey discovered that due to his strong and deep falsetto he can easily sing alto parts, so he started to train himself to sing alto. Since 2008 Andrey performs as countertenor, singing sacred and secular music of different times and styles in Russia and abroad — in USA, Czech, Serbia and Ukraine.
 
Nemzer had also successfully participated in international vocal competitions. In 2002 he won the 2nd prize in vocal ensembles cathegory at the X All-Russian Vocal Student Competition “Bella voce” (Moscow, Russia) where he performed in duet with Antonina Timofeyeva. In 2009 he won the special prize “The Best Competition Soloist” at the V International Choral Competition “The Singing World” (St.Petersburg, Russia) where he sang as a member of The Men's Blagovest Choral Ensemble directed by Lev Pankratov. In 2010 Andrey won The Pittsburgh Baroque Competition. In October 2011 Andrey received the 1st prize at the I Mildred Miller International Voice Competition (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA). In November 2011 Andrey became a one of the winners of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Pittsburgh District and in December he became a National Semi-Finalist of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions from The Great Lakes Region.
 
Andrey frequently collaborates with many vocal and instrumental ensembles of Russia and the United States. In Russia, this includes the The Pocket Symphony Ensemble under the direction of Nazar Kozhukhar, Intrada Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Ekaterina Antonenko, Moscow Blagovest Sacred Music Ensemble under the direction of Galina Koltsova, The Men's Blagovest Choral Ensemble under the direction of Lev Pankratov, Masters of Choral Singing RSMC 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 with Third Presbyterian Church choir under the direction of Lenny Young, with organist Preston Showman and with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Manfred Honeck and is also a regular soloist of The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh under the direction of Betsy Burleigh.
 
Nemzer's repertoire spans from Renaissance and Baroque music to Avant Garde and Jazz, including Russian folk songs, romances, sacred music and opera.