Andreas Staier

German pianist and harpsichordist (Göttingen, 1955 -)

Internationally renowned pianist and harpsichordist, Andreas Staier is one of the most influential performers in his field: he made the art of performing the baroque, classical and romantic repertoire on antique instruments reach its peak.

Staier studied piano and harpsichord in Hanover and Amsterdam. After playing as the harpsichord soloist for the ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln, in 1986 he embarked on his solo career on harpsichord and fortepiano. As a chamber music performer, he has worked with artists such as Anne Sofie von Otter, Christoph Prégardien and Pedro Memelsdorff; he has performed in duet (or piano four hands) with Christine Schornsheim, Sasha Melnikov, Tobias Koch, Georg Nigl, Petra Müllejans, Isabelle Faust, Lorenzo Coppola, Jean-Guihen Queyras, and many more. He is recognized by his peers and by an ever-growing audience, and he defends the most famous works of the repertoire as well as works of neglected composers.

As a soloist, he has performed with Concerto Köln, the Freiburg Barockorchester, the Akademie für Alte Musik in Berlin and the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées Paris. Together with these orchestras he has played in major theatres, especially in Europe, United States and Japan. He is also regularly invited by the biggest international music festivals such as the La Roque-d'Anthéron festival, the Montreux Festival, at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Leipzig Bach Festival, the Bachtage in Berlin… During his career, Staier has made around fifty recordings, for which he won many international awards. He is also interested in a more contemporary repertoire, and in 2001 he created the “Kontra-Sonate” for fortepiano by French composer Brice Pauset.

Six landmark dates in the life of Andreas Staier

1983-1986: he traveled together with the ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln

1986-1987: complete recording of The Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach under the direction of Reinhard Goebel

1987-1996: taught harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel

1997: he earned the Grand Prix by the Nouvelle Académie du Disque for his recording of Scarlatti's sonatas

2001: creation of “Kontra-Sonate” for fortepiano by Brice Pauset

2002: he was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik ("German Record Critics' Award") 

Biography from Radio France’s document database, November 2013