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Andreas Staier

“Staier played the instrument with such a wealth of colors, so expressive, cantabile, sometimes profound, rumbling, or even introverted.”

The pianist Andreas Staier first became world famous as a harpsichordist. After studying with Lajos Rovatkay and Ton Koopman, he worked for three years with the Musica Antiqua Köln. But Staier is far more than a virtuoso representative of so-called historical performance practice. Rather, one could describe him as a passionate sound seeker. Each work that the pianist under-takes is not only analyzed in terms of its structure, but also explores the historical situation in which it originated. Through his meticulous approach, he has opened up completely new inter-pretive approaches and made surprising listening experiences possible.

He also works with instrument makers to come as close as possible to this special sound in all its facets – be it works of the 16th century such as the English virginalists, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the Diabelli Variations of the late Beethoven or the last piano works by Brahms. Staier has also always turned to lesser known composers when he could discover original aspects in their works, such as Sebastián de Albero or Josef Antonín Štěpán.

His commitment does not end with the music of the 19th century. This is shown by Staier’s col-laboration with the French composer Brice Pauset (b. 1965) from whom several compositions have been commissioned. The Kontra Sonata (2000), a hybrid of Schubert’s Sonata in A minor D 845 and Pauset’s Kontrakompositionen is a prime example of Staier’s epoch-crossing musical thinking. Staier himself used the time during the Corona Pandemic to finish his composition Sechs Cembalostücke which he puts in connection with Bach’s Preludium and Fugue E Major of the second Well-Tempered Clavier. The pieces will be published by Editions Lemoine.

All this is documented on numerous recordings, almost all of which have received prestigious awards. His recording of Bach’s harpsichord concertos, together with the Freiburger Barock-orchester, was honored with the ECHO Klassik as Best Recording (up to and including the 18th century). Also, Staier himself has often been honored for his work. He was Artist in Residence at the AMUZ in Antwerp from 2012-2016, and between 2011 and 2021 at the Opéra de Dijon.

Whether at the harpsichord or the fortepiano, Staier performs at numerous renowned music festivals worldwide with ensembles such as the Freiburger Barokorchester, Concerto Köln, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin or the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música Porto with which he recorded À Portuguesa with works by Spanish composers for harmonia mundi in October 2018. For the Beethoven jubilee, Staier presented his album Ein neuer Weg – Beethoven, based on the three op. 31 piano sonatas and the variations 34 and 35, which has received rave reviews.

Longtime musical partners include the pianists Alexander Melnikov, Christine Schornsheim and Tobias Koch, the violinists Isabelle Faust and Petra Müllejans or the tenor Christoph Prégardien. Andreas Staier maintains a close collaboration with Daniel Sepec and the cellist Roel Dieltiens, with whom he has performed well-known compositions for piano trio since 2010. The trio re-leased an album of the Schubert piano trios in 2016.

Staier’s extensive interests and abilities have made him a much sought-after educator from an early age. In addition to masterclasses worldwide, he was Professor of Harpsichord and Forte-piano at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis from 1987-1995. During the 2017/18 season, Andreas Staier was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

For several years, Andreas Staier also has been performing as a conductor and orchestra lead-er.

Season 2021/2022 | Photo: Josep Molina | Quote: General-Anzeiger Bonn, February 5 2019.
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Andreas Staier: From East to West

2 October 2020

Andreas Staier will travel through the South of Germany for his concerts in the upcoming days: From Passau at the Austrian border he will go to Homburg close […] more ...

Andreas Staier: “A new way” with Beethoven

17 March 2020

Andreas Staiers new CD “Ein neuer Weg” has been published by harmonia mundi. It includes sonatas and variations by Beethoven, written in a time when Beethoven was accepting […] more ...

Andreas Staier in his hometown Göttingen

21 February 2020

This Sunday Andreas Staier will go back to his hometown Göttingen to play a recital at the university hall. He will perform a classical program of Haydn, Mozart […] more ...

Andreas Staier at Konzerthaus Berlin

27 January 2020

Tonight Andreas Staier will play a concert with Miriam Feuersinger (soprano), Stephan Macleod (baritone), Petra Müllejans (violin) and Roel Dieltiens (violoncello) at Konzerthaus Berlin. They will perform a […] more ...

Andreas Staier and the Bremer Philharmoniker

15 November 2019

On Sunday and on Monday Andreas Staier plays together with the Bremer Philharmoniker their 3rd philharmonic concert of the season. On the fortepiano he will perform Haydn’s Concerto […] more ...

Andreas Staier and pure Haydn

2 October 2019

Andreas Staier is on tour: with concerts at wonderful Esterházy Palace in Austria, Konzerthaus Freiburg and Liederhalle Stuttgart. As artistic director and as soloist, together with the Freiburger […] more ...

Concerts with Andreas Staier and Midori Seiler

29 August 2019

Andreas Staier together with Midori Seiler will perform a phenomenal program around Schubert and Mozart and show once again his extensive expertise besides Early Music. The first concert […] more ...

Andreas Staier playing with/against Ton Koopman in Leipzig

14 June 2019

This Sunday Andreas Staier and Ton Koopman will reproduce the never executed duel between Johann Sebastian Bach and Louis Marchand from 1717. Staier will amongst other pieces perform […] more ...

Andreas Staier performing in Hannover

10 April 2019

This friday Andreas Staier will be performing in Hannover together with the NDR Radiophilharmonie. Staier will not only be the soloist for the two harpsichord concertos by Carl […] more ...

Andreas Staier: Solo evening in Berlin

16 October 2018

On October 17th, Andreas Staier appears as guest in recital at the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin. With his musical intuition and artistic sensitivity, he is at home […] more ...

Andreas Staier at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival

20 July 2018

Every year, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival offers numerous musical delights. Without question, these include the two recitals by Andreas Staier on July 24th in Bad Oldesloe and on […] more ...

Andreas Staier at the Bachfest in Leipzig

12 June 2018

A highlight of this year’s Bachfest in Leipzig will be Andreas Staier, who is giving two concerts. On June 10th, he and Alexander Melnikov perform a very special […] more ...

Andreas Staier: Concerts in Frankfurt and Berlin

16 May 2018

On May 17th and 18th, Andreas Staier will be heard at the harpsichord with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alessandro de Marchi in Frankfurt. The program […] more ...

Andreas Staier brings Iberian flair to Ludwigshafen

29 January 2018

Andreas Staier is known for his well-conceived and carefully selected programs. He proves this on January 30th in Dijon and again on January 31st at the BASF Feierabendhaus […] more ...

Andreas Staier and Christiane Karg at the Schubertiade

16 June 2017

For decades, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg/Hohenems has been considered the most renowned Schubert festival in the world. Every year, the crème de la crème from the world of […] more ...

Händelfestspiele in Göttingen to welcome prominent guest Andreas Staier

12 May 2017

Andreas Staier will be performing at the Göttinger Händelfestspiele, one of the most renowned baroque music events in the world, in his native city on 14th May and […] more ...

Andreas Staier at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music

10 August 2016

On 9th August, Andreas Staier will be performing at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. The concert promises to be a worthwhile event in every respect: The Innsbruck […] more ...

Andreas Staier – uniquely brilliant

28 April 2016

The programmes Andreas Staier has in store for his next performances this May are anything but ordinary. In guest performances at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspielen and the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, […] more ...

The duo Andreas Staier and Isabelle Faust have a special highlight in store

19 February 2016

A special highlight in the programme of the Innsbrucker Kammerkonzerte in February is the concert put on by Andreas Staier and Isabelle Faust. The two musicians conceived the […] more ...

New CD from Andreas Staier

19 August 2015

Bach’s piano concertos BWV 1052-1058 continue to represent a considerable feat for any pianist, which makes the latest recording of the works performed by Andreas Staier and the […] more ...

Andreas Staier in Duo with Núria Rial

30 April 2020

Andreas Staier – harpsichord Núria Rial – soprano “At the ‘Liedmatinee’ in the ‘Fürstensaal’, she [Núria Rial] fascinates the enthusiastic audience completely. Her congenial companion, Andreas Staier, is […] more ...

Andreas Staier – Schemelli Songs | Bach

23 April 2020

Andreas Staier, harpsichord Hana Blazikova, soprano Stephan MacLeod, bass baritone Petra Müllejans, violin Roël Dieltens, violoncello Bach: Arias, Recitatives and Schemelli Songs Program for ensemble July 2021 and […] more ...

Andreas Staier in Duo with Isabelle Faust

22 April 2020

Andreas Staier – Harpsichord Isabelle Faust – Violin June 9th to 13th 2021   Program Couperin: 3. Concert Royal in A major and A minor Bach: Prelude and […] more ...

Schubert for four hands

21 April 2020

Andreas Staier – piano Alexander Melnikov – piano 07th to 12th May 2021 program: Schubert Six Grandes Marches et Trios op. 40 No. 3 in B flat Minor […] more ...

Andreas Staier – solo

19 October 2017

“How Staier in the D minor Sonata initially elaborates the recitative, how he chooses a tempo in the finale that renounces all sportingness, how rousingly he captures the […] more ...

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J. S. Bach
all  Concerts for harpsichord and orchestra, BWV 1052-1058

C.P.E. Bach
Double Concerto for Fortpiano and Harpsichord E flat Major
Sei Concerti Wq 43 in F Major, D Major, E flat Major, C Minor, G Major and C Major

Harpsichord or Pianoforte

Piano concert No. 1 op. 15 C Major
Piano concert No. 3 op. 37 C Minor
Piano concert No. 4 op. 58 G Major

Piano concert in G Minor op. 49
Piano concert in B Major op. 22

Concert for Piano and Strings in G Major Hob. HVIII:4
Concert for Piano, Violin and Strings in F Major Hob. Hob. XVIII:6
Concert for Piano and Orchestra in D Major Hob. XVIII:11

Piano concert No. 1 KV 37 F Major
Piano concert No. 2 KV 39 B Major
Piano concert No. 3 KV 40 D Major
Piano concert No. 4 KV 41 G Major
Concert for Piano and Strings KV 107
Piano concert No. 6 KV 238 B Major
Piano concert No. 7 für three Pianos and Orchestra KV 242 F Major
Piano concert No. 9 KV 271 E flat Major (Jeunehomme)
Piano concert No. 10 for two Pianos and Orchestra KV 365 E flat Major
Piano concert No. 11 KV 413 F Major
Piano concert No. 12 KV 414 A Major
Piano concert No. 13 KV 415 C Major
Piano concert No. 14 KV 449 E flat Major
Piano concert No. 17 KV 453 G Major
Piano concert No. 18 KV 456 in B Major
Piano concert No. 19 KV 459 F Major
Piano concert No. 23 KV 488 A Major
Piano concert No. 24 KV 491 C Minor
Piano concert No. KV 595 B Major

Concert Champêtre for harpsichord Pleyel:
1. Allegro Molto – Adagio – Allegro Molto
2. Andante: mouvement de Sicilienne
3. Finale: Presto très gai

Piano concert in C Major
Piano concert in B Major

Piano concert op. 54 in A Minor

“Ein neuer weg” – “A new way”
works by Beethoven
Piano sonatas No. 16-18,
Variations op. 34
Eroica-Variations op. 35
Harmonia Mundi: HMM902327.28

“À Portuguesa”
harpsichord works from Corbett, de Seixas, Scarlatti and others
Andreas Staier, harpsichord
Orquestra Barocca Casa da Música
Harmonia Mundi: HMM902337 (2018)

Franz Schubert – Piano Trios
Trio for piano and violoncello op.99 D.898 B major
Nocturne op.148 D.897 E flat major
Trio for piano and violoncello op.100 D.929 E flat major
Andreas Staier, Pianoforte
Daniel Sepec, Violin
Roel Dieltiens, Violoncello
Harmonia Mundi: HMC902233.34 (2016)

Robert Schumann – piano works on original instruments
from “40 Clavierstücke für die Jugend” [Album für die Jugend] op.68 (1848) “Scherzo, Gigue, Romanze und Fughette” op.32 * (1838-39)
from “Sieben Clavierstücke in Fughettenform” op.126 * (1853)
“Waldscenen. 9 Clavierstücke” op.82 * (1848-49)frpm “Sieben Clavierstücke in Fughettenform” op.126
*“Kinderscenen. Leichte Stücke für das Pianoforte” op.15 (1838)
Ciaconna for violin and piano (J.S. Bach/Schumann) (Transcription from the Violin Partita no.2 in D minor, BWV 1004)
Sonata no.1 for violin and piano op.105
“Gesänge der Frühe” for piano op.133
Sonata no.2 for violin and piano op.121
Abegg-Variationen op.1
Fantasiestücke op.12
Fantasiestücke op.111
Variations in E flat major
Hamonia Mundi: HMX2908739.41 (2015)

Johann Sebastian Bach – Cembalokonzerte
Concerto no.1 BWV 1052 in D minor
Concerto no.2 BWV 1053 in E major
Concerto [no.7] BWV 1058 in G minor
Concerto no.3 BWV 1054 in D major
Concerto no.4 BWV 1055 in A major
Concerto no.5 BWV 1056 in F minor
Concerto no.6 BWV 1057 in F major
Harmonia Mundi: HMC902181.82 (2015)

Johannes Brahms – Duo/Solo
Sonata for clarinet and piano op.120 no.1 in F minor
Six pieces for piano op.118
Sonata for clarinet and piano op.120 no.2 in E flat major
Lorenzo Coppola, Clarinette
Harmonia Mundi: HMC902187 (2015)

Robert Schumann
“Abegg-Variations” op. 1
Fantasiestücke op. 12
Fantasiestücke op. 111
Variations on own theme E flat Moh “Geistervariationen”
Harmonia Mundi: HMC902171 (2014)

“… pour passer la mélancolie”
works by Froberger, d’Anglebert, L. Couperin und anderen.c
Harmonia Mundi: HMC902143 (2013)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Cembalokonzerte
Concerto no.1 in F major
Concerto no.2 in D major
Concerto no.3 in E flat major
Concerto no.4 in C minor
Concerto no.5 in G major
Concerto no.6 in C major
Harmonia Mundi: HMC902083.84 (2011)

Johann Sebastian Bach
Goldberg VariationsBWV 988
Harmonia Mundi: HMC902058 (2010)

Weitere CDs sind bei harmonia mundi und anderen Labels erschienen

Künstlergespräch mit Andreas Staier

Mozart-Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat Major, K. 595 I. Allegro

Bach: Complete works for harpsichord | Andreas Staier

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