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Andreas Klein, Pianist

Friday October 8th, 2021 • 7pm

Occidental Center for the Arts
3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental, CA 95465

Program:  Bach, Beethoven and Beyond
Johann Sebastian Bach Partita II in C minor, BWV 826 (1685-1750)
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in A flat major, opus 110 (1770-1827)
Frederic Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor, opus 23 (1810 - 1849)
Sergej Prokofieff Sonata No. 7, opus 83 (1891-1953)

Pianist Andreas Klein was scheduled to make his appearance with Redwood Arts on March 20 of 2020. Sadly, we had to cancel his and two other performances due to the pandemic.  We now welcome him for our season opener at the Occidental Center for the Arts on October 8 at 7:00 pm with a program of Bach, Beethoven and Beyond.

Andreas Klein is widely admired as a pianist of rare sensitivity and musicality. The Washington Post has praised his “articulate and flowing pianism” while the New York Times called him “a pianist who makes silences sound like music.”  He has performed in many of the leading houses of Europe, from Wigmore Hall in London to the Berlin Philharmonie, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and is at home with the grandeur of playing with the Berlin Philharmonic or the vast reaches of the Ravinia. He has toured extensively in North America with ensembles including the Salzburg Chamber Soloists (a 20-city tour) and the Festival Strings of Lucerne (10 cities) and in South America where he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Brazil.

Following his start in his native Germany, performing recitals and as soloist with orchestra, he attended the Juilliard School in New York. In recent years Klein has added more forays into chamber music alongside his concerto and recital repertoire, including major projects with the Minetti Quartett and the Casals Quartet (Schumann’s Piano Quintet - US tour and Casals Festival, Puerto Rico). These collaborations have taken him to Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Spivey Hall near Atlanta and the Wortham Center in Houston. A frequent broadcaster, Mr. Klein has often appeared on WGBH Boston, WFMT Chicago, APR in ST Paul and KUHF in Houston. Mr. Klein was the subject of a “Musician Portrait” in Germany and his “Intermezzo with Andreas Klein” was televised by PBS. His recordings, “Piano Sonatas” and his album of music by Beethoven and Berg, have won admiring reviews. His new cadenzas for Mozart piano concertos have also won widespread praise. “Whatever the composer, whatever the project,” he says, “for me it is about being inside the music.”

You can get an introduction to Mr. Klein at   www.youtube.com/andreaskleinpianist
and visit his website www.andreasklein.com.