ANDREAS KLEIN
Pianist

A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, tone, the four Ts of pianism...
New Yok Times

Biography

German Pianist Andreas Klein has distinguished himself as a dynamic and compelling performer with his command of a wide range of tonal colors and imaginative interpretations. The New York Times declared him "A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, tone, the four T's of pianism" and "A pianist who makes silences sound like music".

His career as orchestra soloist and recitalist has taken him to the world's most prestigious venues: from London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Philharmonic Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, to Washington, DC's Kennedy Center. He gained critical acclaim for his performances in major cities such as Berlin, Rome, Milan, Bern, Leipzig, Dresden, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Cleveland, and Mexico City. Andreas Klein tours extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico, but also has been to such far places as Damascus, Syria, and Yerevan, Armenia.

As a chamber musician, his collaborations include some of the finest ensembles. He performed Mozart's Concerto KV415 and the string orchestra version of Beethoven Concerto No.4 with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists throughout the US and in Mexico. Highlights of the 20 city tour included appearances at Stanford University; Tuckerman Hall in Worcester, MA; Newman Center in Denver; Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis; and in Sala Nezahuolkoyotl and the Festival de Mexico en el Centro Historico, Mexico City. Of his Mozart Concerto KV414 performance with the Festival Strings of Luzerne (Switzerland) at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Washington Post wrote: "Intelligent soloist Andreas Klein's articulate and flowing pianism nicely matched the orchestra's sound in this crystalline work". This 10 city tour included major concert halls such as Philadelphia's Kimmel Center; Spivey Hall near Atlanta; the Wortham Center in Houston; and Mechanics Hall Worcester, MA.  Andreas Klein joined Cuarteto Casals performing Schumann's Piano Quintet on a US tour and at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and with the Austrian Minetti Quartet he performed Mozart's Concerto KV414 which was video-streamed from New York City.

Highlights from recent seasons include orchestra appearances at the Chautauqua Festival and the Most Arts Festival and as soloist performing Bach Concerto BWV1052 in a program, Homage to Glenn Gould, with the Minguet String Quartet on their US and Canada Tour. He brought the house down at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City with two contrasting works: Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy and the Bach's Italian Concerto. His recitals at Mexico's International Piano Festival in Torreon and Monterey, in San Miguel De Allende and at the Festival Paiz in Guatemala were a success and at the Ravinia Festival he received two standing ovations.

Andreas Klein has been a frequent guest on WGBH Boston, APR in St. Paul, WFMT Chicago and KUHF in Houston. His recital at the LA County Museum in Los Angeles was broadcast live. He was the subject of a "Musicians Portrait" in Germany and "Intermezzo with Andreas Klein" was televised by PBS.

His CD discs, Piano Sonatas, and the Beethoven and Berg album garnered critical acclaim: Klein always lets the music speak for itself (CD Choice, UK). Deutschland Sender and DS Kultur Radio in Berlin recorded works by Busoni, Ginastera and Stravinsky for their archives.

Pianist Andreas Klein is a graduate of the Juilliard School and received a Doctoral of Musical Arts from Rice University. He complemented his studies with the legendary Claudio Arrau and Nikita Magaloff. Copies of his doctoral dissertation on the Chopin Etudes are in the libraries of the Chopin Society in Vienna and in Leipzig as well as downloadable form from the Rice University Library.

He currently divides his time between New York and Berlin.

Press Quotes

Excerpts from the press

"Pianist who makes silences sound like music"
New Yok Times

"Sensitive interpretation"
The Times London

"Seasoned Mozartean Andreas Klein, a refined and elegant pianist"
Palm Beach Daily News

"Elaborate display of technical prowess. Klein resembled a sketch artist bringing a scene to life with quick virtuoso strokes and shading - Klein conveyed an impression of narrative momentum underlying a musical structure, regardless of how explicitly programmatic."
Washington Post

"Klein is an Interpret above all modern, who gives detailed attention to the interpretation of the work and executes a clear picture of the structure of the piece. He accomplishes with immaculate technique a rare beauty of sound."
Stampa Sera, Rome, Italy

SURPASSING MUSICALITY - "... played without unnaturalness, often somewhat fragile in tone, delicate, but with strong endings."
Berner Zeitung, Switzerland

"Andreas Klein, a pianist of the highest caliber, performed both Beethoven Sonatas in E major, opus 109, and in A major, opus 101, with dramatic expression, bravura, and a flawless technique: yet the slow and lyrical phrases were shaped with subtle sensitivity."
Dresdner Neueste Nachrichte, Germany

A LISTENING INDULGENCE - "The interpretation of Schubert's Impromptu in B flat major belongs to one of the most beautiful pieces presented in this concert. Klein played ingeniously, each single note differentiated, vivid and in every regard intended."
Berliner Morgenpost, Germany

"Andreas Klein played this work with grace, melodious sound and plenty of brilliance, revealing an immaculate technique." (with the Berlin Philharmonic)
Tagesspiegel, Berlin, Germany

"Impeccable technique, a distinct understanding for Mozart's pianistic style using muted dynamics and resonant touch." (with the Berlin Philharmonic)
Der Abend, Berlin, Germany

CONCERT OF AN EXTRA CLASS - "The virtuoso Klein, a pianist counted among the extraordinary class was able to set a new milestone into the history of the Mosel Festival.
Rhein Zeitung

Klein's Beethoven was spot-on. In tender moments, such as the Andante, the pianist brought to the music great sensitivity and mystery, and where the score turns boisterous, such as his solo cadenza, Klein tapped reserves of power that seemed limitless."
Plain Dealer

Recent Reviews

"Internationally renowned concert pianist Andreas Klein joined forces with the Stockton Symphony to tackle Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. His precision and communication with conductor Peter Jaffe made this daunting work a thing of beauty and brilliance. The contrasting dialogue between piano and strings in the brief but moving second movement evoked conflict and sadness, which is soon eclipsed by the ecstatic rondo of the third movement.

A bright, unmistakably Schubertian opening sets the tone for the piece. From Klein's first entry throughout the entire Liszt's Schubert Fantasie he played with articulate clarity while displaying expressive technique and craftsmanship. I was particularly taken with his voicing in the slow, second section, one of two solo passages that featured Klein. The ensemble between orchestra and soloist was excellent, providing an uninterrupted flow from beginning to end. Perhaps the most exciting moment was the return of the opening theme in the final section, scored in fugal imitation propelling the fantasy to its grandiose conclusion, where one could not help but hear Liszt's impact on the work."

The Post Crescent

"Magnificent and impressive was Andreas Klein in Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto. In his entire interpretation he gave back the composers torment between intellect and emotion and with the superb command of his technique, the loud passages were never aggressive, his tonal colors were limitless, his scales always sparkled. Most 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, Germany

"Your performance was nothing short of spectacular. I still have people saying to me that they were blown away by the performance and the experience. And the sponsor was thrilled with performance and the reaction of the public."
Fundacion Paiz para la Educacion y la Cultura, Guatemala

"Maestro Andreas Klein's impeccable execution, his excellent sense of voicing - a rare caliber of musician - It was only a pity to realize the absence, with few exceptions, of other pianists, musicians and artists, who would have been able to take advantage and enjoy the excellent performance of maestro Klein. The combination of skill and affection he showed as an interpreter was of a quality rare to find in a soloist. Thank you, maestro."
Sunday Magazine, Prensa Libre


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