Andreas Haefliger



Biography

“Unlike many virtuosos, Haefliger is a musician first and pianist second... Andreas Haefliger is a pianist to watch. More importantly, he is a pianist to listen to.” Chicago Tribune

Andreas Haefliger has garnered high praise in Europe, North America and Asia for interpretations that are poised, elegant and informed with an unusually rich musical culture. His engagements as a concert artist reflect his increasing stature as one of the today’s significant pianists.

For 2002/03, Andreas Haefliger makes a recital tour of North America and Europe with stops in Cleveland, Toronto, Kansas City, Vienna, Berlin, and London. He returns to New York’s Carnegie Hall for the Bartok Concerto No. 3 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and James Conlon and plays all five Beethoven concertos with the Milwaukee Symphony; other orchestra appearances include Atlanta, Vancouver, San Diego, Memphis, and Winnipeg. Abroad, he plays with the Philharmonia in London, the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, and the Salzburg Camerata at the Salzburg Festival.

Last season, Andreas Haefliger returned to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; with the Boston Symphony Orchestra he performed the world premiere of a new Michael Colgrass concerto with flutist Marina Piccinini, Hans Graf conducting. He was a guest soloist with the following orchestras: BBC Symphony at Royal Albert Hall in London, Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg, Munich Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Symphony. Haefliger also toured Europe with baritone Matthias Goerne during the spring of 2002 with recitals in Milan, London’s Wigmore Hall, Valencia, Paris.

The summer of 2001 found Andreas Haefliger in reengagements at the Hollywood Bowl; at New York’s Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center; at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival; at the Aspen Music Festival; and at the London Proms.

Recent accomplishments include his New York Philharmonic debut playing Messiaen’s Turangalila at the Lincoln Center Festival. He previously performed the work with the Minnesota Orchestra, with whom he played in New York at Carnegie Hall and in Minneapolis. Additional engagements included Beethoven 3 in a special gala with the Rochester Philharmonic, David Zinman conducting; Mozart K. 488, K. 491, 503 with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington and recitals in Boston, Quebec, San Francisco, Vienna, Berlin and London. Mr. Haefliger played with the Bamberger Symphony in Germany; the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle; with the London Philharmonic, under Ingo Metzmacher; with the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig; and with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marek Janowski conducting. Mr. Haefliger also played chamber music on a tour of the U.S. with the Takacs String Quartet.

In other highlights, Mr. Haefliger played concerts with the Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra with whom he performed a three-week series of all-Beethoven programs, including the complete piano concerti, the Triple Concerto and the Choral Fantasy, in addition to several appearances at their Sommerfest in orchestra and chamber music repertoire. Mr. Haefliger has also performed with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Milwaukee Symphony, made his Carnegie Hall debut (in the 1998/99 season) and performed with baritone Matthias Goerne in Lisbon, Brussels, and in London’s Wigmore Hall, where in his own series, Mr. Haefliger performed lieder and chamber music with various guests.

Andreas Haefliger is a frequent guest of the leading symphonies and has concertized with the BBC Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonie Hamburg in Germany, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Barbican in London, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Norddeutscher Rundfunk of Hannover, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Zurich Orchester, Hamburg Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, as well as the major North American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony in a reengagement at the Ravinia Festival, the Montreal Symphony at the Festival International de Lanaudière in Quebec under Charles Dutoit. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl he played Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2; performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York; toured England and Spain with the Philharmonia of London; and has also played with the Cleveland Orchestra both at Severance Hall and on tour in Lucerne, the Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Toronto Symphony, to name a few.

A prolific recitalist, Andreas Haefliger performs regularly in the major music capitals including New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, London, Lisbon, Milan, Paris, Vienna and Amsterdam, to name a few. In recital, he has collaborated with several artists which have included the aforementioned German lieder singer Matthias Goerne, flutist Marina Piccinini and his father, the eminent tenor Ernst Haefliger, with whom Andreas Haefliger performed Schubert’s Winterreise at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as well as in London and Milan in recent seasons.

In addition to his activities as soloist, Mr. Haefliger performs in chamber music concerts and has also appeared at festivals in Lucerne, Davos, Lausanne, Tivoli (Copenhagen), Kuhmo, Vancouver, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Hollywood Bowl, Caramoor and Newport, Rhode Island among others.

A native of Switzerland, Andreas Haefliger has been steeped in music since childhood, growing up in a musical household. By the time he was fifteen he had lived in several European capitals; subsequently he chose to reside in New York City, after completing studies at The Juilliard School where he was twice awarded the Gina Bachauer Memorial Scholarship. He made his London Proms debut in 1994 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and his London recital debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1993, for which he was immediately re-engaged. In 1988, Mr. Haefliger made his New York recital debut at the 92nd Street Y, as well as his debuts in Tokyo and Berlin.

He has recorded works by Schumann, Schubert, Mozart and Sofia Gubaidulina (Sony Classical); a disc of Schubert lieder with Matthias Goerne; and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet with the Takacs String Quartet (London/Decca).
Andreas Haefliger