9/25 Andreas Klein

Program

 

The Two Virtuosi: Busoni and Liszt

Andreas Klein, piano

Andreas Klein has established himself as a dynamic and compelling performer who captivates with a wide range of tonal colors and possesses a brilliant technique. "A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, tone, the four Ts of pianism" and "A pianist who makes silences sound like music"- New York Times

Andreas Klein's career as soloist has taken him to the world's most prestigious venues: London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Philharmonic Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and to Berlin, Rome, Milan, Bern, Leipzig and Dresden. He has toured Europe, the Middle East and the US, appearing on major concert series in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Cleveland, Houston and Seattle to name a view. The Tagesspiegel wrote of his concert with the Berlin Philharmoniker playing Mozart's Concerto KV459, "Humorous flamboyancy and impeccable technique, grace, melodious sound and plenty of brilliance."

He has appeared with the Berlin Symphony and Radio Orchestras, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Halle Orchestra and Carl Philip Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra in Frankfurt. "Virtuous, but not booming, shining and playful with a singing tone and elegant declamation, the musical melodies of this beautiful concerto evolved." The late Beethoven Sonata Recital in Dresden was broadcast nationwide by MDR Radio.

In the US, Andreas Klein was the soloist with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists with Mozart Concerti for 20 performances including Mexico City in El Centro Historico and the Sala Netzahuolkoyotl, California's Stanford University, Krannert Center, Palm Beach, Boston, and at the Newman Center in Denver the concert was filmed. In an earlier season he toured with the Lucerne Festival Strings appearing at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, Kennedy Center in DC, Spivey Hall, Atlanta, Wortham Center in Houston, and Mechanics Hall near Boston. Other appearances during the last seasons included the Oregon Mozart Players, the Virginia, Knoxville, Evansville, Green Bay, Springfield, Missouri, Santa Fe, West Virginia, Key West, the Atlantic Classical and Valdosta Symphonies.

During the 2008/09 season he toured with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists for the second time, performing Beethoven's own version for string orchestra of the 4th piano concerto in San Diego, Salt Lake City and Thomasville. "Klein's interpretative skills, his musicality and technical acumen allowed for a very musical reading, that was complemented by the ensemble" - Desert News, Salt Lake City

He performed the same concerto with the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss in Germany - "...gripping and impressive was his huge dynamic range; his control to produce a flawless shading down to a barely audible sound was breathtaking" - Grevenbroicher Zeitung. For the season finale with the Greenwich Symphony he gave two brilliant renditions of the Liszt Concerto No.1 - "Klein voiced this melodic writing with a sound both tender and confident" - Greenwich Times." A world caliber performance. Andreas Klein executed this piece with its octaves, trills, glissandi and scampering passages without turning a hair, his long fingers simply moving about the keyboard like a magician's" - Greenwich Citizen.

Andreas Klein was heard frequently on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and recently on American Public Radio's "St. Paul Sunday", a live video broadcast on WGBH Boston and KUHF Houston. PBS aired "Intermezzo with Andreas Klein".

Of his CD releases, Dancing Through Time was featured in a two-hour special edition of "The Piano Bench" on KUHF Radio, Houston. Of Beethoven and Berg, the New York Times raved, "Mr. Klein is an excellent pianist. In Berg's Sonata the voluptuous haze was blown away: one followed the progress of every theme and motive as they steadily transformed themselves into a single architectural design." For the Archives of The Deutschland Sender and DS Kultur Radio in Berlin he recorded seldom performed works by Busoni, Ginastera and Stravinsky. A "Musician's Portrait" was filmed for ORB TV in Berlin.

He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and complemented his studies with the legendary Claudio Arrau and Nikita Magaloff. Copies of his Dissertation on the Chopin Etudes are in the libraries of the Chopin Society in Vienna and Leipzig.