Concertmaster of the double bass group, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation
Andrey Stepin was born in Moscow. He began studying music at the age of 7. In 1974 he entered the Myaskovsky School of Music in the class of double bass to the outstanding teacher L.M. Morgan. In 1977, after graduating from music school, he entered the Gnesins Secondary School of Music in the class of teacher L.V. Rakov. As a student at SSMS, he played in the school’s chamber orchestra and chamber ensemble.
In 1979 he graduated with honours from SSMS and entered the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in the class of double bass, class of Professor L.V. Rakov. During his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory he actively participated in the performance of double bass in chamber ensembles and classes of the most famous teachers (Milman, Gvozdetskiy, Gaidamovich, Banduryansky). He took part in recordings and was the first performer of works by contemporary composers (Korndorf, Jute, Gubaidullin, Tursunov, Khrennikov, Denisov, Schnittke, etc.).
In 1982, he entered the USSR State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture under the direction of E. Gubaydullin, Tursunov, Khrennikov, Denisov and Schnittke. In 1982, he entered the USSR GASO under E. Svetlanova. He took part in the most famous world festivals in Salzburg, Edinburgh, Paris, Athens, England, Italy and Finland. Germany. Under the direction of E. Svetlanov. Svetlanova has recorded and performed an anthology of Russian music (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Glazunov, Myaskovsky…) as well as all of G. Mahler’s symphonies.
Since 1997, he has been a teacher at the Gnesins School of Music in the double bass class. His students – laureates and diploma holders of international competitions – work in the country’s leading orchestras.
In 1998, as deputy concertmaster of the double bass group in the State Chamber Orchestra «Moscow Virtuosi», he was invited as a soloist. He is grateful to numerous organisations in Moscow and the former Soviet Union for his active patronage and concert activities.
2005 – honorary title «Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation»