Andreas Staier was born in Göttingen in 1955. He studied the piano and the harpsichord in Hanover and Amsterdam, then became harpsichordist of the ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln. Since 1986 he has pursued a career as a freelance soloist and has earned an outstanding reputation as both harpsichordist and fortepianist. In the field of chamber music he has had long and fruitful partnerships with such internationally renowned artists as Christoph Prégardien, Anne Sofie von Otter, Pedro Memelsdorff, Alexei Lubimov and Christine Schornsheim. Andreas Staier regularly appears as a soloist in the concerto repertoire with ensembles including Concerto Köln, the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées. He is a frequent guest at many of the world’s major concert halls and international music festivals, among them the festivals of La Roque-d’Anthéron, Saintes, Montreux, Styriarte Graz, Schwarzenberg, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik-Festival, the Bach-Fest Leipzig, the Bachtage Berlin and the Bachwoche Ansbach. He has also performed in all the major venues from Berlin to Tokyo.
Many of Andreas Staier’s CD recordings have been distinguished by international awards. In 2002 he was awarded the ‘Ehrenurkunde’ (certificate of honour) of the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and the French magazine Diapason named him ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2006. In 2007 his Mozart recording ‘am Stein Vis-à-vis’ was awarded a Diapason d’Or of the year. In 2011 his recording of concertos by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was awarded a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. In 2012, his version of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations was awarded a Diapason d’Or Arte, ffff in Télérama, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, Disc of the Month in BBC Music Magazine and ‘e de Scherzo’.
In 2013 he won a Gramophone Award for his anthology entitled ‘Pour passer la mélancolie . . .’, and in May 2014 he was voted ‘Artist of the Year’ at the International Classical Music Awards (IMCA).
After its jubilee season 2012|13, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (FBO) can look back on an unprecedented twenty-five year history of success. From its student beginnings, within a few years an internationally sought-after orchestra was created, regular guests in the most important concert halls and opera houses. The FBO’s very special sound is frequently praised, as is the variety of its repertoire – from early Baroque to the present. The ensemble takes this sound from Freiburg to its European neighbours, to North and South America, to Asia and even to Australia and New Zealand. Since May 2012, the “Freiburgers”, together with their colleagues of the ensemble recherche, have an internationally unique home: the Freiburg Ensemble House, a musical workshop and incubator for new ideas for two top ensembles in historical and contemporary music under one roof.
The Freiburgers’ artistic credo, however, remains unchanged: the creative curiosity of each of them, with the intention of playing a composition in as lively and as expressive a manner as possible. This also involves own members playing demanding solo concerts. Cultivated and simultaneously rousing ensemble playing has thus become an international trade mark.
The FBO collaborates with important artists such as René Jacobs, Andreas Staier, Isabel Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Christian Gerhaher, and has a close alliance with the French label harmonia mundi France. The artistic success of this musical partnership is reflected in numerous CD productions and the receipt of prominent awards, such as the Edison Classical Music Award 2013, several ECHO Classical Music Awards, Gramophone Award 2012, Edison Classical Music Award 2012, Gramophone Award 2011 and the German Record Critics’ Annual Award 2009.
Under the artistic directorship of its two concert-masters Gottfried von der Goltz and Petra Müllejans, and under the baton of selected conductors, the FBO presents itself with about one hundred performances per year in a variety of formations from chamber to opera orchestra: a self-administrated ensemble with its own subscription concerts at Freiburg’s Concert Hall, Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, and Berlin’s Philharmonie and with tours all over the world.
Source: harmonia mundi