Bach Andreas, Germany, 2005

Tour Dates: 15 May - 29 May, 2005

Andreas Bach

Considered to be one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. Beginning at the age of seven he started to win a variety of German competition, for example twice the Steinway-competition in Hamburg. 1984 he was awarded at the second Eurovision competition, which was broadcasted throughout Europe and where he represented the Federal Republic of Germany. 1985 he was awarded the Bernhardt-Sprengel-Prize for Music, 1987 he received the Bruno-Leonardo-Gelber-Prize. One year earlier he was rewarded from Munich newspaper. “TZ” with the prize for the best musical even in Munich of the year 1986.

During a long period of his earlier youth he studied with the famous piano teacher Karl-Heinz Kämmerling where he also began his regular conservatory studies. Later he changed to Pavel Gililov finishing his exams in Cologne/Germany.

In 1987 Andreas Bach went on tour for the first time to the United States and he celebrated unusually successful debuts for example in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. In summer 88 he debuted in Washington and at the Aspen Music Festival.

The biggest newspapers of the country celebrated his play with partly hymnic reviews, so did the NY times, the Chicago tribune or the Washington Post. Until spring 1992 he returned to the States regularly for all in all 13 tours throughout the country and Canada.

During that time Andreas Bach appeared with major US orchestras such as the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony and the St. Pauls Chamber Orchestra. His solo appearances equally lead him to major concert series for example at Kennedy Centre Washington, at the 92nd street Y, the Metropolitan Museum concert series and the Morgan library series in New York and the Symphony Hall in Chicago. In January 1988 he gave his Debut in Japan with concerts in Tokyo, Yokohama and Sapporo.

The same year Mr. Bach was soloist under Wolfgang Sawallisch in the National Theatre of Munich playing Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto. He also debuted with the Bamberger Symphoniker conducted by Horst Stein.

Within Germany Andreas Bach has already appeared in the biggest music centers. So he regularly gave concerts in the Herkulessaal of Munich, in the Musikhalle Hamburg or the Alte Oper Frankfurt. Within Europe his concert tours lead him beneath others to following places: Paris, Lausanne, Zurich, Basel, Geneva, Monte Carlo, Venice, Reykjavik, Lisbon.

Between 1992 and 1994 Andreas Bach withdrew himself from concert life to concentrate on his studies. Since spring 1994 he is back on the concert stage.

Since that time he had had appearances in the Berlin Philharmonic Building under Konrad Latte, in Lausanne with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra or in Geneva with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductors with which he worked with were for example Gert Albrecht, Stefan Sanderling and Peter Gülke.

From 1997 on he began to record for Arte Nova. His first CD for this label contained a Brahms program. His second CD with a Schumann program came out in 2000. Since 2003 Andreas Bach is working together with the new label OehmsClassics, founded by Dieter Oehms, former chairman of Arte Nova.

In 1999 Mr. Bach was invited by Richard Goode to participate in the Marlboro Music Festival, an experience that increased his interest for chamber music. In 2001, he was asked to form a Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Evening at the “Castle Bellevue” of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Johannes Rau. Also at that time, the famous critic Joachim Kaiser suggested him together with Till Fellner and Alfredo Perl for the important Premio dell Academia Chigiana di Siena.

His unusually successful debut to South America he celebrated the same year with an appearance in Santiago de Chile’s Teatro Municipal. Shortly before he had concretized at the Festival “Spannungen” of Lars Vogt, where he had been invited together with artists like Tabea Zimmermann, Christian Tetzlaff, Heinrich Schiff and Isabelle van Keulen. His interpretations found great recognition among audience and colleges.

For the season 01/02 his main activities concerned the work of Arvo Pärt which he presented within a big festival dedicated to this composer and the works of Bartok and Schumann whose main solo works he brought into contrast within a series of recitals. In 2002 and 03 he returned to South America to appear both with a chamber music program and in recitals. Besides his solo appearances he also played a program at two pianos in Santiago together with pianist Alfredo Perl, playing Bartoks sonata for two pianos and percussion. Also Andreas Bach was reinvited to play at the “Spannungen” festival. His first CD OehmsClassics wish works by Bela Bartok was published in the first half of 2004.