Andrei Ikov was born in 1960 in Moscow, Russia. The initial music education was received, as the pianist. In 1978 has finished Moscow Special Music School as trumpet player. Further - studied in Moscow State Conservatory which has finished in 1983. His teachers were: the professor Georgy Orvid, author of the first Soviet method for trumpet and Lev Volodin, former principal trumpet of State Symphony orchestra of USSR conducting by E.Svetlanov. Also was engaged with great trumpet virtuoso Timothy Dokshidzer and Anatoly Selianin, professor of trumpet of Saratov Conservatory, Vice President of Euro - International Trumpet Gild.
In 1980 Ikov took 3rd prise at the All Union Contest of Brass Performers and in 1982 he won the 1st prise and gold medal at International Contest " Prague Spring”
( He was first Soviet trumpet player, who was win, since 1962). 1980-1990 -member of trumpet section of State Symphony Orchestra of USSR conducting by Evgeny Svetlanov . In 1990 A.Ikov was invited in the first Russian private orchestra - Russian National Orchestra, which was headed by the famous pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev .(1990-92 assistant principal,92-2002 II-III-IV trumpet), from June 2002 A. Ikov moved to Bolshoi Theatre as associated principal trumpet/cornet.
As freelance A.Ikov played with many major orchestras like Moscow Philarmonic, Moscow Virtuosas, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary music, wind bands, pop orchestras, at movie music recording sessions etc.
As a soloist A.Ikov acts very much. With Moscow State Orchestra, Moscow Radio Orchestra,Moscow State Chamber Orchestra, Kremlin Chamber orchestra, "Musica Viva " Chamber Orchestra,” Pratum Integrum Orchestra”, ” Telemann-Consort” (two last – on natural trumpet), in ensembles with famous Russian singers as Irina Archipova, Makvala Kasrashvili, Irina Zhurina - sopranos from Bolshoi Theatre, organists as Leonid Roizman, Oleg Yanchenko, Rubin Abdoullin, pianists Tatiana Nikolaeva, Alexei Lubimov, Aleksandr Gindine, Mikhail Lidskiy, etc .
A.Ikov was recorded for Soviet Broadcast Company more than two hours of trumpet solo music . At 1981 he took part in recording Symphony for trumpet, basson,piano and Orchestra by V.Kobekin, Russian avantgarde composer for LP and also Ikov recorded his named 5 CD ( 1994 - Music of the 17th Century for trumpet, 1995 - Music of Italian Barocco in the Moscow Conservatory Hall, 1996 - Trumpet Concertos,1998- The Trumpet-Organ Duo, 2011 – “Recital” with pianist Mikhail Lidsky) and also many recordings in collaboration with another artists .He was made so many arrangements for trumpet & piano, organ, various brass ensembles.
As a recitalist Andrei Ikov had a tours in Bulgaria, Czehoslovakia, Sweeden, Greece, Germany ( incl. Reingau Festival and Oldenburger Promenade), France, Finland (Lieksa Brass Week), USA, Poland, Italia and republics of former USSR.
From 1996 Ikov teaches in Moscow Special Music School, Musical College of Music named by Gnessins own, in High School Ippolitov-Ivanov own. From 2008 – senior teacher of trumpet of Moscow State Conservatory by P.Tchaikovsky
Many of his former students now work in major orchestras as Bolshoi, Moscow Symphony, State Symphony of Russia, Texas Brass Quintet (USA) Pussang Philarmonic (Korea). A.Ikov regularly participates in master -class in " New names " foundation.
His master-classes was in Moscow, Khazan, Nizny Novgorod, Saratov, Alma-Ata, St.Petersburg, Kiev, North Texas University, Ithaka Music School, State University of New York at Fredonia, the Eastman School of Music, and Mansfield University, Univercity of Georgia( USA),Lieksa Brass Week(Finland), Penta Brass Festival (Italia) etc
In September 1996, A.Ikov was elected a new member of the advisory board of the EURO International Trumpet Guild
He took part in EURO-ITG Conference in Saratov -1996, Goteborg, Sweden-1997, Kiev, Ukraine -1998, Bad Sackingen, Germany – 1999 as recitalist and teacher.
In April of 2009 – Honoured Artist of Russian Federation