Giuseppe Sarti, Sinfonia in C
Franz Josef Haydn, Piano concerto Hob XVIII:11 in D
Mozart, Sinfonie KV 201 in A
Andreas Staier, fortepiano
Camerata Rousseau & Leonardo Muzii
Orchestra: 2 Oboe, 2 Horns, Strings (188.8.131.52.2) and Fortepiano (solo), on period instruments, A=430 Hz
Alternative/additional works for this programm might include:
Mozart, Sinfonia concertante KV 364 für Violin, viola (30 min)llaa in E f
Salieri, Sinfonia "la venetiana" in D Dur (ca 9 Min)
Franz Josef Haydn, "Trauersinfonie" Hob I:4 (25 Min)4 in e
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 situa-tion in which it originated. Through his meticulous approach, he has opened up completely new interpretive 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: i.e. 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 emerged, such as the Kontra Sonata (2000), a hybrid of Schubert’s Sonata In A minor D 845 and »Kontrakompositionen« Pausets – a prime example of Staier’s epoch-crossing musical thinking.
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 in the “Best Recording” category (up to and including the 18th century). Even Staier himself has often been honored for his work. He was from 2012-2016 Artist in Residence at the AMUZ in Antwerp, and since 2011 at the Opéra de Dijon in the same capacity.
Whether at the harpsichord or the fortepiano, Staier performs at numerous renowned music festivals worldwide with ensembles such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Köln, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin or the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música Porto with which he published the CD “À Portuguesa” with works by spanish composers in October 2018. Long-time musical partners include the pianists Alexander Melnikov, Christine Schornsheim and Tobias Koch, the violinists Isabelle Faust and Petra Müllejans or the tenor Christoph Prégardien.
A close collaboration connects him to Daniel Sepec and the cellist Roel Dieltiens, with whom he has performed well-known compositions for piano trio since 2010. An album of this collaboration was released in Autumn 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.
For several years, Andreas Staier also performs as a conductor and orchestra leader.