Andreas Staier

Teacher in the discipline harpsichord

One of the world’s most prominent performers, Andreas Staier’s indisputable musical mastery has made its mark on the interpretation of baroque, classical and romantic repertoire for period instruments. Acknowledged by his peers and a wider audience, Andreas continues to defend intellectual and artistic standards in both known and neglected works for the keyboard. Born in Göttingen in 1955, Andreas Staier 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 Staier 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, Bachfest Leipzig, Bachtage Berlin, Bachwoche Ansbach and Kissinger Sommer. He has also performed in major venues: Konzerthaus Wien; Konzerthaus and Philharmonie Berlin; Kölner Philharmonie; Gewandhaus Leipzig; Alte Oper Frankfurt; Tonhalle Düsseldorf; Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London; deSingel 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 a guest soloist by the BBC. 2016 includes important tours to North America and Asia (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong), which were followed in 2017 by debuts in South America, including Brazil for a series of concerts with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, and a return to the United States.

Andreas Staier has formed a piano-trio with violinist Daniel Sepec and cellist Roel Dieltiens, with whom he tours extensively and also recorded their first CD (Schubert) in 2016. He performs with pianists Christine Schornsheim, Alexander Melnikov and Tobias Koch; the German baritone Georg Nigl, violinists Petra Müllejans and Isabelle Faust, and the clarinetist Lorenzo Coppola. He has also worked with the actresses Senta Berger and Vanessa Redgrave as well as Anne Sophie von Otter, Alexei Lubimov and Pedro Memelsdorff, and his musical partnership with the tenor Christoph Prégardien produced numerous lieder recordings (Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Brahms), all highly acclaimed by international critics.

Andreas Staier was Associate Artist at the Opera de Dijon, where he presented an eclectic series of programmes for harpsichord and fortepiano, in recital, chamber music and with orchestra. He collaborated with composer Brice Pauset and has given the world premiere of »Kontra-Sonate« and played the concerto »Kontra-Concert« with the Freiburger Barockorchester.

Andreas Staier has recorded extensively for several labels; his catalogue boasts numerous awards including 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 Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award for his C. P. E. Bach concerti recording with the Freiburger Barockorchester. His recording of the Diabelli Variations, received several awards, and his selection of 17th century works for harpsichord from both German and French repertoire earnt him a second Gramophone award in 2013. His second volume of works by Schumann Fantasiestücke und Variationen and a Brahms disc (with clarinetist Lorenzo Coppola) followed and the recently released recording of J. S. Bach harpsichord concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester was awarded the ECHO Classic (recording up to 18th century). In autumn 2016 the highly awaited CD of Schubert’s music for four hands together with Alexander Melnikov followed.