Andreas Staier

Biography
Bach: Complete works for harpsichord on historical instruments | Andreas Staier
One of the world’s most prominent harpsichord and fortepiano performers, Andreas Staier embarked on a solo career in 1986 and, since then, his indisputable musical mastery has made its mark on the interpretation of baroque, classical and romantic repertoire.  Testament to this, Andreas was awarded the International Classical Music Award’s Artist of the Year 2014.

Born in Göttingen in 1955, Andreas studied modern piano and harpsichord in Hannover and Amsterdam. For three years, he was the harpsichordist of Musica Antiqua Köln with whom he toured and recorded extensively. As a soloist, Andreas Staier performs throughout Europe, the United States and Asia with orchestras such as Concerto Köln, Freiburger Barockorchester, the Akademie für alte Musik Berlin and the Orchestre des Champs - Elysées Paris.

Andreas has been invited to leading international festivals including the Festival de La Roque d’Anthéron, Festival de Saintes, Festival de Montreux, Edinburgh International Festival, York Early Music Festival, Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, Styriarte Graz, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Schlweswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Bach-Fest Leipzig, Bachtage Berlin, Bachwoche Ansbach and Kissinger Sommer. He has also performed in all the major venues across Europe, America and Japan, including Konzerthaus, Wien; Konzerthaus, Philharmonie, Berlin; Kölner Philharmonie; Gewandhaus Leipzig; Alte Oper Frankfurt; Tonhalle Düsseldorf; Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London; De Singel Antwerp; Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Tonhalle Zürich; Cité de la Musique, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Ircam, Théâtre des Champs – Elysées, Paris; Teatro della Pergola, Florence; Sala Filarmonica, Roma; Toppan Hall, Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Carnegie Hall, Frick Collection New York; and is regularly invited as guest soloist by the BBC.

Andreas Staier has formed a piano-trio with violinist Daniel Sepec and cellist Roel Dieltiens, and performs as a duo (or four-hands on the keyboard) with Christine Schornsheim, Alexander Melnikov and Tobias Koch; the German baritone Georg Nigl, violinists Petra Müllejans and Isabelle Faust, and the clarinet player, Lorenzo Coppola.  He has also performed with internationally renowned artists such as Anne Sophie von Otter, Pedro Memelsdorff, Alexej Lubimov and tenor Christoph Prégardien, with whom he has recorded lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Lachner and Brahms.

Andreas has recorded extensively for BMG, Teldec Classics (with whom he had an exclusive contract for seven years) and harmonia mundi France, the latter since 2003, and received numerous awards from international press. These include a Diapason d’or for his ‘Am Stein vis-à-vis’ with Christine Schornsheim (Mozart), the 2002 Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and, in 2011, the Gramophone Award in the Instrumental Baroque category for his CPE Bach concerti recording with the Freiburger Barockorchester. More recently, ‘Variations Diabelli’, was met with great critical acclaim: Diapason d’Or, E/Scherzo, G/Gramophone, 10/10 Classica and Disc of the Month of the BBC Music Magazine. This was followed by a selection of 17th century works for harpsichord from both German and French repertoire: '...pour passer la mélancolie', for which Andreas received his second Gramophone award in 2013. His next album dedicated to Schumann’s ‘Fantasiestücke und Variationen’ will be released in October 2014. 

Upcoming highlights of the 14/15 season will include a European tour in April 2015 with Lorenzo Coppola for the release of their recording of the Brahms Sonatas; tours to Japan and Korea; recording a disc of Schubert’s music for four hands with Alexander Melnikov and tours with the Freiburger Barockorchester to support the release of their latest collaboration on CD dedicated to Bach concertos. 

July 2014

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