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Andreas Klein (Piano)

Born: Germany

The German-born pianist, Andreas Klein, studied and won many awards in Germany. Then he was invited to New York where he later graduated from Juilliard School. He studied with the legendary Claudio Arrau, Nikita Magaloff, and John Perry, where he received his DMA degree at Rice University. Copies of his Dissertation on the Chopin Etudes are in the libraries of the Chopin Society in Vienna and Leipzig.

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 USA, 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 Berliner Philharmoniker playing W.A. Mozart's Concerto KV 459, "Humorous flamboyancy and impeccable technique, grace, melodious sound and plenty of brilliance."

Andreas Klein has appeared with the Berliner Symphoniker, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester-Berlin, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra and Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 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 L.v. Beethoven Sonata Recital in Dresden was broadcast nationwide by MDR Radio.

In the USA, Andreas Klein was the soloist with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists with W.A. Mozart Concerti for 20 performances including Mexico City in El Centro Historico and the Sala Nezahuolkoyotl, 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 Festival Strings Lucerne 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 2008-2009 season he toured with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists for the second time, performing L.v. 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 Franz 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). He appeared in recital in Cleveland and Houston's Hobby Center.

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 L.v. Beethoven and A. 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 Ferruccio Busoni, Alberto Ginastera and Igor Stravinsky. A "Musician's Portrait" was filmed for ORB TV in Berlin.

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

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Source: Andreas Klein Website (2009)
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Aryeh Oron (March 2011)

Andreas Klein: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works
Reviews of Instrumental Recordings:
Review of Andreas Klein Piano Recital on Eroica

Links to other Sites

Andreas Klein (Official Website)

Andreas Klein - The Artist (Eroica)

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