Andreas Staier

Fortepiano

March 24, 2019, 4 pm

Music Room

Internationally renowned fortepianist and harpsichordist Andreas Staier worked as the harpsichordist for Musica Antiqua Koln and with other distinguished early music ensembles before embarking on his solo career in 1986. Since then he has toured the world, recording an extensive discography including keyboard and chamber works ranging from Bach and Scarlatti to Schumann and Brahms. For his Phillips Music recital, Staier will perform C. P. E. Bach’s extraordinary Fantasia in F-sharp minor written the year before his death, a work of outlandish dissonance and overwhelming melancholy, following this with one of Haydn’s greatest piano sonatas and his Variations in F minor. The program ends with works by Mozart: the Sonata in F Major K. 533/494 and the endlessly inventive Fantasia in C minor.

Program:

CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH (1714-88)
Fantasia in F-sharp minor “C. P. E. Bach’s Emfindungen,” H. 300; Wq 67

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)
Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:49

Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII:6

INTERMISSION

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-91)
Fantasia in C minor, K. 475

Sonata in F Major, K.533/494         

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. Born in Göttingen, 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 US, and Asia with orchestras such as Concerto Köln, Freiburger Barockorchester, the Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, and the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées Paris. Andreas has recorded extensively for BMG, Teldec Classics, and harmonia mundi France (the latter since 2003). His catalogue boasts numerous awards including a Diapason d’or, the 2002 Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and, in 2011, the Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award. Recent releases include a highly awaited recording of J. S. Bach harpsichord concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester and Schubert’s music for four hands together with Alexander Melnikov. Andreas Staier has been an Associate Artist at the Opera de Dijon since September 2011 and was resident at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin from September 2017 to July 2018.