Guest artist to present free piano recital at Iowa Wesleyan

Written by on October 7, 2013 in News

Andreas Klein, pianist, will present a free recital at Iowa Wesleyan College on Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m.
He will play works by Beethoven, Schumann, Ginastera, Debussy and Liszt. The recital will be held in the Chapel Auditorium on the Iowa Wesleyan campus in Mount Pleasant.
German-born 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 Ts of pianism” and “A pianist who makes silences sound like music”.

Andreas Klein’s 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. In Europe as well as in the USA, Mexico, and the Middle East, he has 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, Damascus, and Mexico City.

His signature repertoire includes all Mozart and Beethoven concerti. The Tagesspiegel in Berlin raved about his Mozart Piano Concerto KV 459 with the legendary Berlin Philharmonic: “humorous flamboyancy and impeccable technique, grace, melodious sound and plenty of brilliance.” Andreas Klein was invited to perform with other important orchestras in Germany including the Berlin Symphony and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, the latter with which he was the first to premiere and record Mendelssohn’s Concerto in A minor. MDR Radio’s broadcast of the Frank and Liszt concerti with the Halle Orchestra received acclaim from listeners nationwide.

Andreas Klein has enjoyed collaborations with some of today’s finest ensembles. During the Mozart Anniversary year, he performed Mozart’s Concerto KV 415 with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists throughout the USA. They also opened the Mozart Festival in Mexico City and performed at the Sala Nezahuolkoyot. Highlights of the 20 city tour included appearances at Stanford University, Tuckerman Hall near Boston, Newman Center in Denver, Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, and the Museum of Four Arts in Palm Beach. The Washington Post wrote “intelligent soloist Andreas Klein’s articulate and flowing pianism nicely matched the orchestra’s sound in this crystalline work” in response to his performance at the Kennedy Center with the Swiss Lucerne Festival Strings. This performance was part of a ten city tour which included major concert halls such as Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Spivey Hall near Atlanta, the Wortham Center in Houston, and Mechanics Hall near Boston. In 2009, he joined the Salzburg Chamber Soloists again in a moving interpretation of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto’s string version. He performed this same concerto with the Kammerakademie Neuss in Duesseldorf, where the Grevenboicher Zeitung wrote, “a 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.”

Most recently, Andreas Klein joined Cuarteto Casals performing Schumann’s Piano Quintet in major US cities as well as at the Casals Festival in Costa Rica. “Cuarteto Casals and Klein delivered a memorable rendition, thanks not only to their technical mastery, but also to the musical rapport among the ensemble members and guest pianist,” wrote the Palm Beach Daily News. He brought the house down at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City with two contrasting works, the powerful “Wanderer Fantasy” and the brilliant Italian Concerto by Bach. At Mexico’s International Piano Festival and at the Festival Paiz in Guatemala, his recitals received high acclaim. The Prensa Libre stated “Maestro Andreas Klein’s impeccable execution, his excellent sense of voicing – a rare caliber of musician”. 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 also streamed live. He was the subject of a “Musicians Portrait” which was filmed in Berlin at the Neuhardenberg Castle, and “Intermezzo with Andreas Klein” was televised by PBS.

His CD releases have received praise by critics, conductors, and presenters alike. Of his Beethoven and Berg album, The New York Times wrote, “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.” Deutschland Sender and DS Kultur Radio recorded his performances of works by Busoni, Ginastera, and Stravinski for their archives.

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

Andreas Klein’s CD recordings are available on all internet stores and through his web site
Mr. Klein’s performance is funded by the Haselmayer Endowment for the Arts.

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