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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 undertakes 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 interpretive approaches and made surprising listening experiences possible. This is why he also works with instrument makers to explore special nuances of sound – 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 collaboration 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 Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2. The work was premiered at the Philharmonie in Cologne in January 2023, will be published by Editions Lemoine, and will be released by Outhere Music in 2024.

All this is documented on numerous recordings, almost all of which have received prestigious awards. 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 Barockorchester, 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 received rave reviews. His recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2 is considered a reference recording, and he has since released Book 1. Together with Roel Dieltiens he also released Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas op. 102 and the Bagatelles op. 119 & 126.

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 released an album of the Schubert piano trios amongst others.

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 Fortepiano 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 leader.

Season 2023/2024 | Photo: Josep Molina | Quote: General-Anzeiger Bonn, February 5th 2019
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Andreas Staier in Leipzig to receive the Bach Medal

12 June 2024

This Friday, Andreas Staier will be awarded the Bach Medal of the City of Leipzig as part of a harpsichord recital. He will receive the medal as a […] more ...

Andreas Staier back in Porto

14 May 2024

Andreas Staier is currently back in beautiful Porto and is enjoying the sunshine as well as working with the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música, with whom he has […] more ...

Andreas Staier releases album with original compositions

2 February 2024

Andreas Staier’s new album Méditation is being released today by Alpha Classics. On this record he not only interprets pieces by Louis Couperin, Johann Jakob Froberger and Johann […] more ...

Andreas Staier is awarded the Bach Medal of the City of Leipzig

19 January 2024

We are delighted to announce today the recipient of this year’s Bach Medal of the City of Leipzig and warmly congratulate Andreas Staier on this honour! Due to […] more ...

Andreas Staier at the Forum Alte Musik Cologne

14 November 2023

This weekend, Andreas Staier will be playing at the Forum Alte Musik Cologne, which is already celebrating its 25th anniversary. At the Museum of Applied Arts, he will […] more ...

Andreas Staier once again at Piano-Festival Ruhr

27 June 2023

For the thirteenth time Andreas Staier will perform at the Piano-Festival Ruhr this year. He will play at the orangery of Castle Rheda in Rheda-Wiedenbrück and present a […] more ...

Andreas Staier releases his recording of WTK I

18 January 2023

After the first part was published and highly acclaimed in November 2021, the release of the second part of Andreas Staier’s Well-Tempered Clavier follows. His interpretations are multi-faceted […] more ...

Christian Poltéra and Ronald Brautigam touring the Netherlands

6 January 2023

The established duo of Christian Poltéra and Ronald Brautigam is kicking of the year with several recitals in the Dutch cities of Utrecht, The Hague, Deventer and Eindhoven. […] more ...

World premiere Andreas Staier “Anklänge”

3 January 2023

Tomorrow, 4 January 2023, Andreas Staier’s own composition of 6 harpsichord pieces will be premiered at the Kölner Philharmonie. Inspired by Byrd, Bach and Schubert on the one […] more ...

Andreas Staier at Orquestra Barroca Casa da Musica Porto

4 November 2022

Andreas Staier is currently visiting the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Musica in Porto, with whom he has been working together for a long time. They are preparing two […] more ...

Andreas Staier at Musikfest Stuttgart

28 June 2022

Tomorrow, Andreas Staier will play a concert at Musikfest Stuttgart as part of the series „Sichten auf Bach” (Views on Bach). The program presented will focus on arias […] more ...

New CD by Andreas Staier: WTK II

21 December 2021

Andreas Staier has released a new album on which he deals with the second part of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. The junge Welt writes about his recording: […] more ...

Andreas Staier in Switzerland

26 November 2021

Andreas Staier will spend the upcoming days in Switzerland to present various concert formats to the Swiss audience: This Sunday him and Nuria Rial will be create an […] more ...

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 ...

Original composition 6 harpsichord pieces by Andreas Staier “Anklänge”

1 July 2024

Pieces by Froberger, Couperin, Clérambault and Muffat and 6 harpsichord pieces by Andreas Staier with attaca prelude and fugue E major BWV 878   Andreas Staier related to […] more ...

Andreas Staier – fortepiano

10 June 2024

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

Andreas Staier – Harpsichord

4 June 2024

Andreas Staier | Harpsichord     …pour passer la mélancolie Johann Jacob Froberger  Plainte faite à Londres pour passer la Mélancolie, laquelle se joue lentement avec discrétion Courante […] more ...

Andreas Staier with La Cetra Barockorchester Basel

26 May 2024

Andreas Staier | Harpsichord La Cetra Barockorchester Basel 13 musicians   Galanteries Telemann Overture D major, TWV 55:D5 La Galante Benda Harpsichord concerto F minor C. P. E. Bach […] more ...

Andreas Staier with Daniel Sepec and Roel Dieltiens

21 April 2024

Andreas Staier | Fortepiano Daniel Sepec | Violin Roel Dieltiens | Violoncello   “Staier travels back in time with Daniel Sepec on the violin and Roel Dieltiens on […] more ...

Andreas Staier with Roel Dieltiens

2 April 2024

Andreas Staier | fortepiano Roel Dieltiens | violoncello     After many joint projects, another one is now being released on CD. This time, a varied selection of […] more ...

Andreas Staier with Midori Seiler

26 March 2024

Andreas Staier | Harpsichord Midori Seiler | Violin     France and Bach, harpsichord Mondonville Sonata No. 4 C minor Couperin From Sixième ordre B-flat major, Second Livre […] more ...

Andreas Staier with Petra Müllejans

1 March 2024

Andreas Staier | Harpsichord Petra Müllejans | Violin     Program H. I. F. Biber from Mysteriensonaten Sonata I in D minor, Die Verkündigung Mariae J. Kuhnau Biblical […] more ...

Andreas Staier – Schemelli Songs | Bach

23 February 2024

Andreas Staier | harpsichord Miriam Feuersinger| soprano Stephan MacLeod | bass baritone Petra Müllejans | violin Roël Dieltens | violoncello Bach: Arias, Recitatives and Schemelli Songs Program for […] more ...

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

C. P. E. Bach
Sei Concerti F major, D major, E-flat major, C minor, G major, C major Wq 43
Double Concerto for fortpiano and harpsichord E-flat major Wq 47

Concerto for harpsichord F minor

Pianoforte or modern piano

Piano concerto No. 1 C major op. 15
Piano concerto No. 3 C minor op. 37 
Piano concerto No. 4 G major op. 58 

Piano concerto G minor op. 49
Piano concerto B-flat major op. 22

Concerto for piano and strings G major Hob. XVIII:4
Concerto for piano, violin and strings F major Hob. XVIII:6
Concerto for piano and orchestra D major Hob. XVIII:11

3 piano concertos after J. Chr. Bach K 107
Piano concert No. 6 B-flat major K 238 
Piano concert No. 7 for three pianos and orchestra F major K 242 
Piano concert No. 9 E-flat major K 271 Jeunehomme
Piano concert No. 10 for two pianos and orchestra E-flat major K 365 
Piano concert No. 11 F major K 413 
Piano concert No. 12 A major K 414 
Piano concert No. 13 C major K 415 
Piano concert No. 14 E-flat major K 449 
Piano concert No. 17 G major K 453 
Piano concert No. 18 in B-flat major K 456 
Piano concert No. 19 F major K 459 
Piano concert No. 23 A major K 488 
Piano concert No. 24 C minor K 491 
Piano concert No. 27 B-flat major K 595 

Concert Champêtre for harpsichord Pleyel FP 49

Piano concerto C major
Piano concerto B-flat major

R. Schumann
Piano concerto A minor op. 54 

works from Bach, Couperin, Fischer, Froberger, Fux, Staier
Andreas Staier, harpsichord
ALPHA1012 (2023)

J. S. Bach – The Well Tempered Clavier 1
Book I, BWV 846-869
Andreas Staier, harpsichord
Harmonia Mundi: HMM902680.81 (2023)

Beethoven – Cello Sonatas & Bagatelles Op. 102, 119 & 126
Andreas Staier, fortepiano
Roel Dieltiens, cello
Harmonia Mundi: HMM902429 (2022)

J. S. Bach – The Well Tempered Clavier 2
Book II, BWV 870-893
Andreas Staier, harpsichord
Harmonia Mundi: HMM902682.83 (2021)

simply Mozart
Ouverture Don Giovanni K 527
Piano Concerto No. 23 A major K 488
Symphony No. 40 G major K 550
Andreas Staier, fortepiano
Julien Chauvin Violin, Conductor
Le Concert de la Loge
Alpha-Classics: 11029267 (2021)

“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) from 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-Variations 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, clarinet
Harmonia Mundi: HMC902187 (2015)

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

“… pour passer la mélancolie”
works by Froberger, d’Anglebert, L. Couperin and others
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 Variations BWV 988
Harmonia Mundi: HMC902058 (2010)

Further CDs have been released by harmonia mundi and other labels

Andreas Staier and Le Concert de la Loge: Mozart – Piano concerto No. 23 K 488 – Adagio

Midori Seiler and Andreas Staier – MDR Musiksommer

Schubert: Trio No. 1 B-flat major op. 99 D 898 with Daniel Sepec & Roel Dieltiens

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