Andreas Staier

Biography

Born: 1955  
Andreas Staier is one of the foremost authentic-instrument keyboard players in the classical music world. His early training was on standard piano. Courses in realizing continuo parts in Baroque music at the Hanover Conservatory led him to study harpsichord to learn the special technique of playing that instrument, which requires a considerably different technique of touch. "I fell in love with the sound of the harpsichord and became passionately Read more enthusiastic about the repertory." He had been familiar with the Johann Sebastian Bach keyboard repertory, because so much of that is played on piano, or transcribed for it. However, study of harpsichord drew him into a repertory not frequently played on piano, going back to the English composers for the small keyboard instrument called the virginal. When he discovered that music he was, he said, "bowled over" by it. He added harpsichord studies to his courses at Hanover, and continued with it in studies in Amsterdam. His primary teachers in harpsichord and early music were Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Ton Koopman.

His interest in the fortepiano began gradually when he discovered the difference in sound and interpretation that results when that instrument is used for playing composers contemporary with it, especially Mozart and Beethoven. He added fortepiano to his studies, becoming one of the rare classical keyboard players who specializes in harpsichord and fortepiano.

In 1983 he joined Musica Antiqua Köln, a leading small Baroque ensemble, as its harpsichord player. This involved frequent touring to all parts of the world. He resigned from the ensemble in 1986 to embark on his solo career on both harpsichord and fortepiano. He also began teaching harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, where he was on the faculty from 1987 to 1996.

He studies the keyboard repertory deeply. His recital programs and recordings include the standard Baroque composers, but also earlier music and Spanish keyboard works. His repertory extends from the English Baroque through the entire Classical period and into the Romantic era, where he plays the piano music of such composers as Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, on harpsichords or pianos appropriate to the times of the music. He looks for important links among compositions of various eras. For instance, he thinks that Beethoven's Diabelli Variations are heard in a different light if one knows Bach's Goldberg Variations which, he says, are similarly illuminated by knowledge of Byrd's variations. (Apropos the Goldberg Variations, he says that while the work is totally suited for the harpsichord, "trying to play it on the piano is like attempting to square the circle.") He waited nearly a quarter of a century to play the Goldberg in public; his long-awaited first performance of it was in Montréal at the end of April 2000.

He frequently works with other renowned artists, including Anner Bylsma, Tatiana Grindenko, René Jacobs, and various important early music ensembles. One of his closest partnerships is with the tenor Christoph Prégardien, who sings with him in the early Romantic and earlier repertory. Their recording of Schubert's Winterreise on Teldec won six major international recording prizes.

He has performed in major festivals and in most of the major concert halls of the world. His repertory consists nearly entirely of seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth century music, aside from a few twentieth century harpsichord pieces and is working on one twenty-first century work. It by Bryce Pauzé, a young French composer, and was especially written for the sound of the fortepiano with modern approaches to rhythm and tone color. Read less
Schumann: Variationen & Fantasiestucke / Andreas Staier
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902171   Number of Discs: 1
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    Schumann: Variationen & Fantasiestucke / Andreas Staier
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902171 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Andreas Staier
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    Beethoven, Hummel: Piano Trios, Sonatas / Staier, Sepec, Queyras
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 508398 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel
    Performer:  Andreas Staier,  Daniel Sepec,  Jean-Guihen Queyras
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    C. P. E. Bach: Symphonies & Concertos / Goebel, Pinnock, Richter
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002020802 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
    Performer:  Robert Hill,  Andreas Staier,  Stephen Preston,  Catherine Mackintosh  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Karl Richter,  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Musica Antiqua Cologne
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Pour Passer La Melancolie / Andreas Staier
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902143 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Jacob Froberger,  Jean-Henri D'Anglebert,  Georg Muffat,  Louis Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Staier
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    Mozart: Piano Sonatas / Andreas Staier
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 508388 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andreas Staier
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    Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Andreas Staier
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902091 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt,  Carl Czerny  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Staier
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    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Audio Physic: 25 Years, Vol. 1
    Label: Turtle Records   Catalog: 5536 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Pierre de La Rue,  Hugo Distler  ... 
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Michael Gees,  Freek Borstlap,  Anne Galowich  ... 
    Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel,  Jan W. de Vriend,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Carlo Jans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Combattimento Consort Amsterdam,  Anima Eterna Orchestra (Bruges),  Margiono Quintet  ... 
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    The Spanish Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 671885 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Enrique Granados,  Francisco Tarrega,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Jean-François Heisser,  Wolfgang Lendle,  Jennifer Larmore  ... 
    Conductor:  José Serebrier,  Armin Jordan,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
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    Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908601 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Véronique Gens,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Daniel Reuss,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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  • 12.
    Jan Ladislav Dussek: Piano Concertos
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5072 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Ladislav Dussek
    Performer:  Andreas Staier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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    C. P. E. Bach: Sei Concerti / Andreas Staier, Freiburger Barockorchester
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902083 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Andreas Staier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
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    Schumann: Sonatas For Piano & Violin / Sepec, Staier
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902048 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Andreas Staier,  Daniel Sepec
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    Bach: Goldberg Variations [w/Bonus DVD] / Andreas Staier
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902058 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Andreas Staier
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    C. P. E. & W. F. Bach: Concertos for 2 Harpsichords / Staier, Hill
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419256 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Robert Hill,  Andreas Staier
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
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    Schubert: Impromptus Op 142, Sonata Op 78 / Andreas Staier
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902021 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Andreas Staier
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    Mendelssohn Edition, Vol. 2: String Symphonies And Concertos
    Label: Wcj   Catalog: 4692709 Release Date: 04/13/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Andreas Staier,  Rainer Kussmaul
    Conductor:  Andreas Staier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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    Edition Klavier-festival Ruhr - Franz Schubert & Neue Klaviermusik
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553150 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Morton Feldman,  Jens Joneleit,  Jan Muller-Wieland  ... 
    Performer:  Boris Bloch,  Markus Becker,  Elena Bashkirova,  Andreas Staier  ... 
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  • 20.
    Johann Sebastian Bach - The Essentials
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2968096 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Richard Egarr,  Alexandre Tharaud,  Lionel Rogg,  Sibylla Rubens  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  René Jacobs,  Konrad Junghänel,  Petra Müllejans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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  • 21.
    40 Most Beautiful Winter Classics / Various
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 696674 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Piero Toso,  Joost Van der Linden,  Viktoria Postnikova,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Ton Koopman,  Kurt Redel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Andreas Staier
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564698901 Release Date: 01/06/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Muzio Clementi,  Antonio Salieri
    Performer:  Andreas Staier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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  • 23.
    Schubert: Schwanengesang, Songs After Seidl / Christoph Pregardien, Andreas Staier
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72302 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Andreas Staier
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  • 24.
    200 Years of Music at Versailles - A Journey to the Heart of French Baroque
    Label: Centre De Musique Baroque De Versai   Catalog: 1108 Release Date: 10/07/2008   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Guillaume Lasceux,  Nicolas Séjean,  Henri-Joseph Rigel  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Latry,  Alain Buet,  Isabelle Poulenard,  Philippe Do  ... 
    Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Jérémie Rhorer,  Jérôme Corréas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles,  Les Folies Françoises,  Les Agrémens  ... 
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    Clementi: Keyboard Sonatas  / Andreas Staier
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4696136 Release Date: 07/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Muzio Clementi
    Performer:  Andreas Staier
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