About This Performance
Composer/pianist Timo Andres has been busy this year producing two at home concerts for SFP’s Front Row Premium series. Andres is a versatile artist with a gift for connecting with audiences to break down traditional stuffy barriers to enjoying great music. His program includes pieces by Andres, Schumann, Ann Southam, Ned Rorem, Debussy and Ellington.
SCHUMANN (Arr. Andres): Canonic Etudes
ANN SOUTHAM: Glass Houses No. 14
NED ROREM: Barcarolles
DEBUSSY: Reflets dans l’eau
ELLINGTON: Reflections in D
JOHN ADAMS: I Still Play (Pocket Variations)
ANDRES: Work to be announced
ANDRES: Wise Words
James and Kathleen Leak, Individual Sponsors
Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Notable works include Everything Happens So Much for the Boston Symphony; Strong Language for the Takács Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series; Steady Hand, a two-piano concerto commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia premiered at the Barbican by Andres and David Kaplan; and The Blind Banister, a concerto for Jonathan Biss, which was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.
As a pianist, Timo Andres has appeared with the LA Phil, North Carolina Symphony, the Albany Symphony, New World Symphony, and in many collaborations with Andrew Cyr and Metropolis Ensemble. He has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Phillips Collection, and (le) Poisson Rouge. Collaborators include Becca Stevens, Jeffrey Kahane, Gabriel Kahane, Brad Mehldau, Nadia Sirota, the Kronos Quartet, John Adams, and Philip Glass, with whom he has performed the complete Glass Etudes, and who selected Andres as the recipient of the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize. Andres also frequently works with Sufjan Stevens; his arrangements of Stevens’s ballet, Principia, were presented by the New York City Ballet, and their 2019 record, The Decalogue, has received widespread acclaim.
In November 2019, Andres curated (and performed in) “American Perspective,” a concert with the Cincinnati Symphony, André de Ridder, Dance Heginbotham, and Inbal Segev, playing his cello concerto, Upstate Obscura. Since the Covid-cancellation of his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall in April 2020 and subsequent “playlist” performance on YouTube, his performance films have received widespread critical and popular acclaim. He is a featured artist at Ojai 2021, and will have new works premiered in 21–22 by Johannes Moser, Lara Downes, concert:nova, the Myriad Trio, and others.
A Nonesuch Records artist, Timo Andres is featured as composer and pianist on the May 2020 release I Still Play, an album comprising a set of piano pieces written by himself and fellow Nonesuch artists for Chairman Emeritus Bob Hurwitz. A Yale School of Music graduate and a Yamaha/Bösendorfer Artist, he is on the composition faculty at the Mannes School of Music at the New School.