Andrei Zhilikhovsky was born in Moldavia and studied at the Stefan Neaga College of Music in Chisinau, where he specialised in choral direction whilst also taking vocal training. In 2006, he entered the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in Saint Petersburg. He was a finalist at the international voice competition in Saint Petersburg (2007) and was awarded third prize at the Obraztsova Competition for young singers in 2009 and the International Maria Bieshu Competition. From 2010 to 2012, he was a soloist at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. Whilst there, he sang the roles 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 Dancaire in Carmen. In 2011, he made his debut appearance at the Latvian National Opera (as Figaro in The Barber of Seville) then, the following year, he joined the Bolshoi Theatre’s programme for young artists. He would become a guest soloist there performing numerous roles including Marcello (La Bohème), Falke (Die Fledermaus) and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte). He made his Paris Opera debut in 2016 singing the role of Robert in Iolanta and he made his first Glyndebourne Festival appearance in 2017 in Don Pasquale (Malatesta). He regularly performs in concert with conductors like Mikhail Tatarnikov, Vassily Petrenko, and Modestas Pitrenas and works with directors like Arno Bernard, Aik Karapetian and Andrei Zhagars.
Projects: Figaro (The Barber of Seville) at the Washington Opera, Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro) at the Rome Opera, and Betrothal in a Monastery at the Deutsche