Coming from a rich tradition, pianist Andreas Haefliger “belongs to that elite group of interpreters…one of the most serious, questing pianists on the circuit today… breathtaking virtuosity…a complete Beethovenian” (Telegraph, May 2018). He has won many plaudits for his Beethoven Perspectives recitals on disc and at major halls and festivals, and is also much sought-after as a chamber musician.
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. He has ongoing regular relationships with the Lucerne and Edinburgh Festivals, Vienna Konzerthaus, and other 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.
In January 2019 took his own group on tour to Rotterdam, Antwerp, Madrid, Bilbao and Hong Kong.
At the BBC Proms 2019 Haefliger gives the world premiere with the BBC Symphony and Sakari Oramo of a concerto specially commissioned for him from compatriot Dieter Ammann, followed by the North American premiere with Boston Symphony and Susanna Malkki in the Autumn. Other future co-commissioners include the Wiener Konzerthaus, Munich Philharmonic, Luzern Festival (where he will appear with the Helsinki Philharmonic) and Taiwan Philharmonic.
In March 2020 he joins Esa Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra in a very special Beethoven concert at the Royal Festival Hall, playing the 4th Piano Concerto, the Choral Fantasy and the solo Fantasia. Other highlights of 19/20 include more Beethoven with the Shanghai Symphony and as a recitalist in the 2020 Flagey Piano Festival; and Mozart with Ludovic Morlot at the 2019 Aspen Festival. He also tours to Japan culminating in a solo recital at Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan.
Haefliger is exclusive to BIS who released his latest Perspectives CD in Spring 2018. Haefliger’s first concerto recording will be released in Spring 2020 – Bartok 3, Ravel Left Hand concerto and the Ammann, all with Malkki and the Helsinki Philharmonic. Haefliger began his career with Sony Classical recording Mozart sonatas followed by Schumann’s Davidsbündlertanze and Fantasiestücke, Schubert Impromptus, and music by Sofia Gubaidulina. Later Haefliger recorded for Decca with the Takács Quartet and also Matthias Goerne, winning the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for their disc of Schubert’s Goethe songs.
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'
Klassik heute, July 2018
...not just a virtuoso of colour and touch, but also profound visionary…Haefliger’s playing continually brings new and unexpected vistas into focus
BBC Music Magazine, August 2018
Haefliger’s rich and varied tonal colouring provides tremendous musical rewards…a seemingly improvisatory approach to rubato conceals a real sense of direction and purpose …impressive and thoughtful, with some marvellously humorous touches…astonishingly inventive