Undoubtedly one of the most prominent harpsichord and forte piano performers in the world, Andreas Staier embarked upon 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.
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 Japan 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, 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 in 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, 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, Sasha Melnikov and Tobias Koch; the German baryton Georg Nigl, violinists Petra Müllejans and Isabelle Faust, and the clarinet player, Lorenzo Coppola, with whom he will record the Brahms sonatas to be released in 2015. 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 extensively lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Lachner and Brahms.
His extensive discography has won great critical awards from international press, whether for BMG, Teldec Classics (with whom he had an exclusive contract for seven years) or harmonia mundi France, for whom he has recorded for since 2003, among which a ‘Diapason d’or’ of the year 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 together with the Freiburger Barockorchester. One of his most recent CDs, 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’s pieces for harpsichord from both German and French repertoire: entitled '...pour passer la mélancolie', for which Andreas got his second Gramophone award in 2013. In October 2014, his second and new album dedicated to Schumann will be released under the title of ‘Fantasiestücke und Variationen’.