Andreas Haefliger comes from a rich tradition of music making and is acclaimed for his sensitivity, musical insights and transcendent pianism. Known for his innovative programming, he brings an all-encompassing passion and humanity to his concert appearances and recordings. At an early age he was surrounded by intense vocal artistry, thereby acquiring the beginnings of what would become a highly individual vocal piano sound, and a sense of natural lyricism in his music making. Having finished his studies at the Juilliard School, Haefliger soon thereafter performed with the major American and European orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouworkest and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
He is well recognised as a superb recitalist, making his New York debut in 1988. He has ongoing regular relationships with the Lucerne and Edinburgh Festivals, Vienna Konzerthaus and Wigmore Hall, where in 21/22 he plays three concerts – a solo recital, Brahms with the Escher Quartet, and Beethoven sonatas with Hilary Hahn, with whom he will also tour Japan, Europe and the US this season. In recent months he has played Schumann with the Radio Sinfonieorchester Wien and Marin Alsop and Mozart with the Camerata Salzburg and Andrew Manze, also appearing this year at the Enescu and Aspen festivals.
Haefliger’s reputation as a uniquely insightful interpreter of Beethoven has been built over twenty years of performing and recording his “Perspectives” series, performing the complete solo works of Beethoven alongside works by other composers from Mozart to Ligeti. In 2020, locked down in the Swiss Alps, he filmed Beethoven’s monumental op.106 Hammerklavier sonata alongside interviews with the alpinist Dani Arnold in the gorgeous mountain scenery, for release in cinemas and online. In Autumn 2021 BIS Records (with whom Haefliger has an exclusive contract) release his recording of the Beethoven op.31 sonatas, before resuming the Perspectives series in 2022 and beyond.
In 2019 BIS released Haefliger’s first ever concerto disc – the world premiere recording of Dieter Ammann’s Gran Toccata with Susanna Malkki and the Helsinki Philharmonic, coupled with Bartok and Ravel concerti. Haefliger gave the first live performance of the Ammann at the BBC Proms in 2019 with the BBC Symphony and Sakari Oramo, closely followed by the North American premiere with the Boston Symphony and Susanna Malkki. It was co-commissioned for Haefliger by Boston together with the Wiener Konzerthaus, Munich Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival and Taipei Symphony.
Haefliger began his career with Sony Classical recording Mozart sonatas followed by Schumann Davidsbündlertanze and Fantasiestücke, Schubert Impromptus, and music by Sofia Gubaidulina. Later he recorded for Decca with the Takács Quartet and also Matthias Goerne, with whom he won the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for Schubert’s Goethe Songs. Before joining BIS, he recorded the first six of his Perspectives series on the Avie label, for whom he also recorded a recital disc with his wife the distinguished flautist Marina Piccinini.
Sample recital programmes
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.16 in G major, Op.31, No.1
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E-flat major, Op.31, No.3
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E-flat major, Op.27, No.1 'Quasi una fantasia'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27, No.2 'Quasi una fantasia'
Mark-Antony Turnage: New Work
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178
Further programmes upon request.
Gramophone, December 2020
"Although I’ve long admired Andreas Haefliger’s intelligent virtuosity, here he unleashes his inner Tasmanian devil ... powerfully assured ... textual honesty and attention to articulation ... wide-eyed sparkle and sense of fantasy ... scrupulous phrasing ... In short, the Ravel and Bartók make formidable impressions but the Dieter Ammann Concerto will leave you limp with awe."
Aspen Times, August 2020
"Haefliger’s musical performance brimmed with intelligence, detail and nuance….This was not show-off stuff, but the work of a musician who has lived with this music for decades"