Andrei Jilihovschi was born in Moldavia in 1985. He studied music at the Stefan Neaga College in Chisinau, specializing in choral direction, whilst at the same time receiving voice lessons with Vladimir Vikilu. In 2006, he entered Saint Petersburg’s Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, where he received lessons from Yuri Marusin (a People’s Artist of Russia). He made his stage performance debut at the Conservatory in the title role of Eugene Onegin. Between 2010 and 2012, he performed as a soloist at Saint Petersburg’s Theatre Mikhailovsky, where he sang the role of Belcore in L’Elisir d’amore, Schaunard in La Bohème, Robert in Iolanta, the Prince in Boris Asafiev’s Cinderella, Silvano in Un ballo in maschera, Baron Douphol in La Traviata, and le Dancaïre in Carmen. In 2011, he made his debut at the Latvian National Opera singing Figaro in the Barber of Seville and, the following year, he joined the Bolshoi Theatre’s programme for young artists where, in 2013 he performed in concert for the Concours de Paris Young Voices of Moscow and Paris first at the Théâtre Impérial in Compiègne, then at the Bolshoi Theatre. In December of the same year he made his stage debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in the roles of Marcello (La Bohème) and Falke (Die Fledermaus). Since then, he has played the Flemish Envoy in Don Carlo, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Le Dancaïre (Carmen), the Lamplighter (The Story of Kai and Gerda), and the title role in Eugene Onegin. He also participated in the gala Get in the Mood for Opera. He was invited to the Mariinsky Theatre for the jubilee celebrations for Irina Bogatcheva and he performed in a concert version of Eugene Onegin in Arkhangelskoye. In 2014, he participated in another concert version of Eugene Onegin given by the Novaya Rossiya Orchestra under the baton of Yuri Bashmet at the Sotchi Winter Festival and he sang in his first recital at Wigmore Hall in a programme devoted to Rachmaninov. Since the start of the 2014 / 2015 Season, he has been performing as a soloist with the troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre.
Projects: Schaunard (La Bohème) at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chili, Don Pasquale at the Glyndebourne Festival, and Eugene Onegin at the Iceland Opera.
Andrei Jilihovschi is making his debut at the Paris Opera.