Coming from a rich tradition, the pianist Andreas Haefliger is: “consummately lyrical. Exhibitionism and pretence are antithetical to his musical personality”; he has “a vision of musical architecture second to none and a tender, profoundly cultivated sensibility, from which music flows unimpeded” (International Record Review, September 2014). He has won many plaudits for his Beethoven Perspectives recitals on disc (Avie) and at major halls and festivals. He is also much sought-after as a chamber musician – past highlights include Mostly Mozart New York with the Takacs Quartet, and Salzburg Festival with Mathias Goerne. In 2014 he gave the premiere at the BBC Proms of a new concerto written for him by Chinese-American composer Zhou Long.
Haefliger was born into a distinguished Swiss musical family and grew up in Germany, going on to study at the Juilliard School in New York. He was quickly recognised as a pianist of the first rank, and engagements with major US orchestras followed swiftly – the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh, Chicago and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestras among them. In his native Europe too, Haefliger has appeared with the great orchestras and festivals – such as the Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Symphony. He is well recognised as a superb recitalist, making his New York debut in 1988, and has ongoing regular relationships with the Lucerne and Edinburgh Festivals and the Vienna Konzerthaus, as well as at major halls across North America and Asia.
Haefliger is a regular visitor to London’s Wigmore Hall with his Perspectives series, in which he performs the complete piano works of Beethoven alongside works by other composers from Mozart to Ligeti. This series has formed the focus of Haefliger’s solo recital appearances and CD recordings in recent years. His latest chamber music project gathers friends Benjamin Schmid and Karen Gomyo (violins), Lise Berthaud (viola) and Christian Poltera (cello) for intensive rehearsal periods and concerts every year at the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen, which the group will then take further afield. In February 2016 he performed with his wife, the distinguished flautist Marina Piccinini, on an extensive tour of the USA.
After the significant success of his first recording of Mozart Sonatas for Sony Classical, Haefliger made three further recordings for Sony of Schumann’s Davidsbündlertanze and Fantasiestücke, Schubert Impromptus, and a disc of music by Sofia Gubaidulina. Later Haefliger recorded for Decca with the Takacs Quartet and Matthias Goerne, winning the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for his Schubert disc of Goethe’s songs with Goerne. The major project in recent years has been his Perspectives series on Avie, for which every disc (without exception) has received excellent reviews.
Sample recital programmes 2017/18
Berg: Piano Sonata
Torsten Rasch: Passacaglia from 'Die Träumende Knaben' / Liszt Legend No.2
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 in A Major, Op.101
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition / Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 'Hammerklavier', op.106
Mozart : Fantasia No.4 in C minor, K.475
Beethoven : Piano Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101
Mozart : Adagio in B minor, K.540
Beethoven : Piano Sonata No.29 in B-flat, Op.106 'Hammerklavier'
International Record Review
"Haefliger is an artist at his peak: confident, serene, consummately lyrical...
a vision of musical architecture second to none"
BBC Music Magazine
He combines a strenuously intellectual approach with a gorgeously velvety touch, the latter reminiscent of Wilhelm Kempff…An ideally sensitive and glowing account..an individual reading which stresses its affectionate qualities….This is a disc to give balm to the soul.
Haefliger, lean and percussive in the outer movements, balanced elegance with austerity in the adagio...it ranked among the most striking performances of the work to be heard for some time.