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Andreas Haefliger premieres Dieter Ammann Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms

19 August 2019

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Andreas Haefliger gives the world premiere at the BBC Proms of compatriot Dieter Ammann’s new Piano Concerto with the BBC Symphony and Sakari Oramo.

The concerto was originally commissioned for Haefliger by the Boston Symphony Orchestra with whom he gives the North American premiere on 24-26 October, with Susanna Mälkki conducting. 

Haefliger will also play the new concerto later in the season with the Munich Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker (a Konzerthaus commission) and at the Luzern Festival with Helsinki Philharmonic – all with Susanna Malkki. He gives the Asia premiere with the Taipei Symphony and Alexander Liebreich next month.

Listen to the first performance live on BBC Radio 3 here.

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Andreas Haefliger returns to Aspen Music Festival

14 June 2019

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Andreas Haefliger makes a return to the Aspen Music Festival on 28 June 2019 to perform with conductor Ludovic Morlot. Haefliger is the soloist for Mozart Piano Concerto No.24.

Haefliger's most recent concerto performance came with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in April, giving a critically acclaimed interpretation of Bartók Piano Concerto No.3 under Susanna Mälkki:

"Haefliger played both the multi-faceted Adagio religioso and the more lively outer movements with the virtuosity and precision that one would expect; note-perfect, with great sensitivity and the right emphasis, powerful where the music required, but never overdone"
Der Standard, April 2019

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Andreas Haefliger performs in recital at Wigmore Hall

06 May 2019

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Andreas Haefliger returns to Wigmore Hall on 20 May 2019 for a recital of Beethoven, performing the composer's Op.109 and Op.111 sonatas. The concert is part of Wigmore Hall's lunchtime concert series and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Haefliger performed at Wigmore Hall last season in a recital of “breathtaking virtuosity”:

“He belongs to that elite group of interpreters worth hearing in this music… one of the most serious, questing pianists on the circuit today… breathtaking virtuosity… a complete Beethovenian”
Four stars, Daily Telegraph, May 2018

He also received excellent notices for his performance of Bartók Piano Concerto No.3 with the Wiener Symphoniker and Susanna Malkki in the Wiener Konzerthaus last month, broadcast on ORF:

“Haefliger played both the multi-faceted Adagio religioso and the more lively outer movements with the virtuosity and precision that one would expect from the wonderfully voiced Steinway; note-perfect, with great sensitivity and the right emphasis, powerful where the music required, but never overdone."
Der Standard, April 2019

Haeflliger and Malkki record Bartok Piano Concerto No.3 together next month with the Helsinki Philharmonic for BIS Records, to be coupled with Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand and a new concerto by Swiss composer Dieter Ammann, which was written specially for him and which he premieres at the BBC Proms this summer.

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The BBC have announced the programme for the 125th BBC Proms, launching eight weeks of music-making of the highest quality, over 80 concerts and a host of world premieres. The festival also marks 150 years since the birth of Proms founder Sir Henry Wood and the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. As ever, Intermusica is well represented at the festival, with 24 artists taking part and our International Touring team bringing two world-class orchestras to the London stage. All concerts will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and several will be televised on BBC Four. See below for full details.

James Ehnes returns to the Proms on 22 July alongside an orchestra of Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard School students, to perform Britten Violin Concerto under the baton of Edward Gardner.

Mark Wigglesworth is joined by Nicola Benedetti and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain on 25 July. Wigglesworth conducts the London premiere of Lera Auerbach Icarus (2011) followed by Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite. The concert will be televised on BBC Four on 28 July.

Simon Halsey and his numerous choirs feature throughout the Proms. On 29 July, the BBC Proms Youth Choir joins Omer Meir Wellber and the BBC Philharmonic for Haydn The Creation. Halsey then prepares the singers of the London Symphony Chorus and Orfeó Català as they join Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO to perform Walton Belshazzar’s Feast on 20 August. The concert will be shown on BBC Four on 23 August. Finally, more than 600 singers will unite for the European premiere of John Luther Adams In the Name of the Earth (2018) on 8 September.

On 2 August, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard perform Sir James MacMillan The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, which premiered at the Proms nearly 30 years ago in 1990. The concert will be televised live on BBC Four. MacMillan is currently celebrating his 60th birthday with a year of special performances – visit to see the full MacMillan at 60 calendar.

Ben Gernon and the BBC Philharmonic (where he is Principal Guest Conductor) give two performances. On 5 August, Gernon conducts a programme of Malcolm Arnold Peterloo Overture, Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Alexander Gavrylyuk and excerpts from Tchaikovsky Swan Lake. They repeat the concert the following morning in a Relaxed Prom, in which the concert environment is adapted to better suit audience members with autistic spectrum conditions, sensory, communication or learning difficulties.

Natalya Romaniw makes her Proms debut on 8 August, joining the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Tadaaki Otaka to sing Rachmaninov The Bells.

John Wilson returns to the Proms on 9 August, conducting his John Wilson Orchestra in a concert televised live on BBC Four, celebrating the golden age of the Warner Brothers studios.

On 10 August, Lise Davidsen reunites with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom she recently recorded her highly anticipated debut album for Decca (out 31 May). She will sing Richard Strauss Op.27 Songs, which also feature on the album. 

On 13 August, Martyn Brabbins conducts a special concert with personal significance: it features the world premiere of Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B., a new take on Elgar Enigma Variations commissioned by the BBC to mark Brabbins’ 60th birthday. This unique work features a new set of variations by 14 living composers including Intermusica’s Brett Dean, Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Dai Fujikura – plus one distinguished mystery composer to write the theme. Brabbins also conducts Elgar’s original Variations as well as Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music and Brahms Song of Destiny, featuring the BBC Singers and English National Opera Chorus. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Four on 8 September.

Also on the 13 August, Martin James Bartlett performs in a late-night mixtape concert, exploring the fringes of Minimalism and meditative listening. Joined by 12 Ensemble, Tenebrae and director Nigel Short, Bartlett will perform the slow movement from Bach Keyboard Concerto in F minor; Chopin Nocturne in D flat major, Max Richter Vladimir’s Blues and Peteris Vasks Fruits of Silence.

Andreas Haefliger returns to the Proms on 19 August for the world premiere of a new Piano Concerto written especially for him by fellow Swiss musician Dieter Ammann. He is joined for the concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo. This new work is co-commmissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Wien, Lucerne Festival, Münchner Philharmoniker and Taipei Symphony Orchestra. 

Singers Sofia Fomina, Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Thomas Atkins appear in Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Mozart The Magic Flute on 27 August. Fomina stars in the concert staging as Pamina while Fontanals-Simmons sings Second Lady and Atkins takes the roles of Second Priest and First Man in Armour.

Anthony Gregory makes his Proms debut on 29 August, singing Hugh Wood Scenes from Comus with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Richard Egarr returns to the Proms on 30 August to conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (with whom he has a long association) Handel Jeptha, part of a cycle celebrating the composer’s works. The cast features Tim Mead as Hamor and Cody Quattlebaum as Zebul.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner completes his epic five-season Berlioz series on 2 September, conducting a performance of his opera Benvenuto Cellini with his Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

Leonidas Kavakos joins Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Vienna Philharmonic on 4 September to perform Korngold Violin Concerto.

Yuja Wang is the soloist for Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 with Staatskapelle Dresden and Myung-Whun Chung on 5 September.

Nora Fischer makes her Proms debut on 8 September, giving the UK premiere of Louis Andriessen The only one (2018) alongside Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

On 10 September, Intermusica brings the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov to the Proms. The concert features Smetana The Bartered Bride, the Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin and Shostakovich Symphony No.8.

Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra return to the Proms on 12 September presenting another eagerly anticipated major symphony from memory. This year they present Berlioz Symphonie fantastique in an immersive theatrical staging. Collon and the orchestra will give a repeat performance in a late-night Prom that same evening and BBC Four will record the first performance for broadcast on 13 September.

As the festival draws to a close, Intermusica’s International Touring team brings a second orchestra to London: on 13 September, Andrew Manze returns with his NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover for Beethoven Night, in which Manze conducts extracts from Fidelio and Symphony No.5, as well as music by Handel and Bach.

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Andreas Haefliger performs Bartók with the Wiener Symphoniker

11 April 2019

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Andreas Haefliger joins the Wiener Symphoniker and conductor Susanna Mälkki at the Wiener Konzerthaus on 25 and 26 April to give two performances of Bartók Piano Concerto No.3. Haefliger is a regular guest at the Konzerthaus, and the concerts are his first under Mälkki's direction.

Haefliger and Mälkki come to the concerts fresh from recording Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand for BIS with the Helsinki Philharmonic in March. Forthcoming collaborations for the pair include recordings of Bartók Piano Concerto No.3 and Dieter Ammann’s new Piano Concerto, which they perform together over the coming months in concert the Helsinki Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic and Boston Symphony orchestras.

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The Southbank Centre announced its 2019/20 Classical Season on 18 February, and Intermusica artists appear throughout. In addition to the Southbank Centre's world class annual programming, the new season also marks the start of Beethoven 250, the venue's year-long celebration of the composer's birth.

Southbank Centre Associate Artists Marin Alsop and Colin Currie both give multiple performances over the course of the season. On 9 November, Alsop conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Walton Belshazzar's Feast alongside Butterworth A Shropshire Lad and Elgar Enigma Variations. She then returns in April for Beyond Beethoven 9, in which she leads the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and a massed choir of 200 singers in two performances of Beethoven Symphony No.9 together with four new commissions between the movements of the symphony. 

Beyond Beethoven 9 is part of All Together: A Global Ode to Joy, an initiative in conjunction with Carnegie Hall which take place on five continents with nine orchestras and sees the symphony reimagined as a “twenty-first century call for unity, justice and empowerment”. Read our full story on All Together here.

Currie first appears at the Southbank in the 2019/20 season at the International Chamber Music Series, recreating the premiere of Steve Reich Drumming at the Hayward Gallery with the Colin Currie Group on 6 and 7 December. He performs in the series again on 1 February 2020 alongside the JACK Quartet. Finally he joins the Philharmonia Orchestra for an Artist Portrait concert in their Music of Today series on 14 May.

Kirill Gerstein joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra in concert on 23 October to give the UK premiere of Thomas Adès Piano Concerto, performing under the baton of the composer himself. He then returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 13 February 2020 alongside Lahav Shani, who conducts Gerstein in Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini as well as Prokofiev Overture to War and Peace and Romeo and Juliet.

Daniil Trifonov also gives two performances at the Southbank Centre. On 31 October, he performs a solo recital of Schumann, Beethoven and Prokofiev at the Royal Festival Hall. On 22 March 2020, he joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as the soloist for Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4, part of Tilson Thomas' final season at the head of the orchestra.

In 2020 Lise Davidsen performs with the long-standing chiefs of both the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Vladimir Jurowski. On 19 March, she joins Salonen and the Philharmonia to sing Mahler Humeresken, a collection of settings of poems from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Then on 4 April she performs Beethoven Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, part of the Beethoven 250 series.

Also appearing in the Southbank Centre's 2019/20 season are conductors Charles Hazlewood (28 September), Geoffrey Paterson (21 November), Andrew Manze (7 December), Mark Wigglesworth (4 February 2020), Emmanuel Krivine (14 February 2020), John Wilson (27 February 2020), Thierry Fischer (10 March 2020) and Nicholas Collon (16 May 2020); violinists James Ehnes (9 October) and Leonidas Kavakos (27 February 2020); singers Sofia Fomina (19 October), Susan Bickley (30 November), Mary Bevan (15 December), Susanna Hurrell and Simon Shibambu (15 January 2020), Patricia Bardon (1 February 2020), Joélle Harvey (20 February 2020) and Wallis Giunta (11 June 2020); pianists Andreas Haefliger (15 March 2020) and George Li (3 May 2020); and cellist Kian Soltani (27 February 2020).

Intermusica is proud to co-promote the International Chamber Music Series with the Southbank Centre, a relationship which has lasted for almost 30 years. Click here to read our full summary of the series in the 2019/20 season.

Click here for complete details for Southbank Centre's 2019/20 classical season.

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Andreas Haefliger performs at the Lucerne Festival with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich

10 November 2018

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Andreas Haefliger plays two concerti with Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich and Donald Runnicles at the Luzern Piano Festival at the Kulturzentrum on 24 November 2018. Haefliger joins the orchestra to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.24 K491 and Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Prior to the concerts, Haefliger spends five days giving public masterclasses at the festival every morning between the 17 and 21 November.

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Andreas Haefliger gives opening concert of the Festival de Musique Notre-Dame-De-Vie

17 July 2018

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Andreas Haefliger plays two of Beethoven’s late sonatas and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition on 31 July 2018 in the opening concert of the Festival de Musique Notre-Dame-De-Vie.

The festival takes place in the chapel adjoining the last dwelling place of Pablo Picasso, in the village of Mougins situated in the hills above Cannes. The festival also features fellow Intermusica artist Sergei Babayan, as well as Edgar Moreau and David Kadouch and the Apollon Musagete Quartet.

Haefliger's interpretations of Beethoven have been received with wide acclaim, most recently at London's Wigmore Hall when the Daily Telegraph praised him as "a complete Beethovenian":

“Haefliger belongs to that elite group of interpreters…one of the most serious, questing pianists on the circuit today…breaktaking virtuosity…a complete Beethovenian”
Daily Telegraph, May 2018

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Andreas Haefliger returns to Wigmore Hall

01 May 2018

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Andreas Haefliger returns to the Wigmore Hall on 15 May 2018 to play a programme of late Mozart and both Beethoven Op.101 and his monumental “Hammerklavier” sonata Op.106. This was the reaction to his 2013 Edinburgh Festival performance :

"A grandly rhetorical performance (of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata), which threw caution to the winds…a great artist like Haefliger “contains multitudes,” and will show different aspects of himself at different times…the immense slow movement was beautifully shaped, and this success filled Haefliger’s sails, carrying him in triumph through the huge and hugely difficult final fugue…"
Daily Telegraph

He plays the same programme at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen on 1 May and at the Kettle’s Yard Art Gallery in Cambridge on 10 May.

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Andreas Haefliger's Perspectives 7 released on BIS

10 April 2018

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Andreas Haefliger's latest album, Perspectives 7, is released by BIS on 10 April 2018. The album is Haefliger's debut for the label and features a programme of sonatas by Beethoven and Berg as well as Liszt Légende No.1 ‘St François d'Assise: 'La prédication aux oiseaux' and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. Haefliger performed the programme to great critical acclaim at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2016:

“Haefliger's 'Bydlo' was simply piano-trembling, taken loud and heavy right from the start as Mussorgsky intended”
Arts Desk

Haefliger's Perspectives series has been a great critical success. The previous installment was released in 2014 and featured works by Beethoven, Berio and Schumann:

“This is an ardent, animated and intelligently detailed performance, full of textual diversity that never spills over into contrivance or eccentricity… An uncluttered, beautifully wrought finale concludes one of Haefliger’s most satisfying releases.”

“He combines a strenuously intellectual approach with a gorgeously velvety touch, the latter reminiscent of Wilhelm Kempff…An ideally sensitive and glowing individual reading which stresses its affectionate qualities….This is a disc to give balm to the soul.”
BBC Music Magazine

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Andreas Haefliger signs with BIS Records

26 September 2017

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BIS Records has announced the start of an important new collaboration with the internationally renowned pianist Andreas Haefliger. An artist about whom the Washington Post wrote, "Each keystroke is a poetic act," Haefliger has for the last thirty years performed with leading orchestras worldwide and as a cherished recitalist at prestigious venues such as the Edinburgh and Luzern Festivals, the Wigmore Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

The first disc, to be released in spring 2018, will be ‘Perspectives 7’, the latest in Haefliger’s series of very personal programme constellations that each take a Beethoven sonata as their point of departure and development.

This generously-filled disc features Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op.1, Liszt’s Légende No.1 ‘St François d'Assise: La prédication aux oiseaux’, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The programme replicates the concert that Haefliger gave to great public and press acclaim at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival:

”Inspiringly commanding, thoughtful, lucid and sheerly beautiful. Haefliger the thinker is also the pianist who held this audience enthralled”

”Haefliger’s genius is in that gap between keyboard and mind...”

The first 6 volumes in the Perspectives series were released by Avie Records.
Future recording plans with BIS will include the continuation of the Perspectives series, solo recital discs of other repertoire, and concerto recordings with major international conductors and orchestras.
BIS President Robert von Bahr writes:

"When I founded BIS some almost 45 years ago, Andreas Haefliger wasn’t even a teenager. Then we each have developed in parallel to becoming a top choice in our respective professions. It is therefore with some considerable pride that we now can announce that our paths will merge, always going in the same direction – to even greater artistic heights. Welcome to the BIS gang, Mr. Haefliger!"

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2017 marked another highly successful summer for Intermusica's artists, who gave critically acclaimed performances at festivals all over Europe. Read a small selection of reviews below.

Brett Dean's Hamlet received its world premiere at Glyndebourne in June and was greeted with universal acclaim. The Sunday Times called it "the operatic event of the year", while in a five star review the Times wrote that “Dean’s skill at creating a supercharged orchestral subtext to each scene is matched by his immense theatricality. Quite apart from his unerring pacing of the story, he also creates at least a dozen moments where sheer sonority alone sends shivers up the spine… The overall impression is of a richly imaginative composer at the top of his game.”

Lise Davidsen made a critically acclaimed UK operatic debut in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in June. Described as possessing "one of the greatest voices I have ever head" by the Observer, Davidsen's debut was described as "one of those 'I was there' moments" by the Times.

Joshua Weilerstein made an "auspicious" debut at the Proms on 19 July, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and his sister Alisa Weilerstein in a programme of Rebel, Berlioz and Pascal Dusapin. Classical Source praised his "admirably prepared and presented" Symphonie fantastique.

Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra returned to the Proms to perform another symphony from memory on 22 July. This time, they performed Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, preceded by Strauss Metamorphosen. The Times called it “gripping stuff… an astonishing feat of concentration. With Nicholas Collon favouring speeds ranging from zippy to hair-raising, there was virtuosity all around the band too…an impassioned account of Strauss’s desolate but gorgeous Metamorphosen.”

The Pavel Haas Quartet made a stellar return to the Verbier Festival on 22 July, with Bachtrack praising the quartet for their "old-fashioned virtues of watchfulness, aural alertness and intense concentration... From the micro-perfection of its opening chord to an ethereally feathered final note, this was an Allegro con brio of unfolding joys."

Michel van der Aa was the Composer in Residence at this year's Lucerne Festival, with his works performed throughout the festival. The Luzerner Zeitung praised his "easy handling of current technological possiblities", while the Neue Zurcher Zeitung wrote that his "music theatre of beguiling opulence... might offer a view of the future of opera".

Mark Wigglesworth was joined by pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 July to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, David Sawyer The Greatest Happiness on Earth and Haydn Symphony No.99. The Sunday Times claimed that Wigglesworth demonstrated "the most authoritative conducting, instantly masterly, I’ve witnessed so far at these Proms, Bernard Haitink’s appearance apart. And Wigglesworth seems close to Haitink’s level... One knew all would be right about this account because Wigglesworth’s intensity was unanswerable.”

Sir John Eliot Gardiner had a busy summer, performing twice at the Proms as well as continuing the Monteverdi Trilogy tour at the Salzburg, Edinburgh and Berlin festivals. His Proms performance of Berlioz La damnation de Faust with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique was described as "thrilling" by the Observer in a five star review, while the Salzburger Nachrichten praised the Monteverdi Trilogy performances at the Salzburg Festival: "The harmony and the symbiotic relationship of the performers and their conductor has reached a degree of perfection, which shows style, form awareness and playful freedom."

John Wilson gave two performances at the BBC Proms this year, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and his John Wilson Orchestra. This year, Wilson led the JWO in two critically acclaimed performances of Rogers & Hammerstein Oklahoma! on 11 August: "no conductor appreciates the importance of an orchestration’s inner voices like Wilson, or is more adept at caressing a countermelody without letting it get in the way." (Spectator)

Andreas Haefliger returned to the Edinburgh International Festival this year, giving an "inspiringly commanding" solo recital in August: "Haefliger the thinker is also the pianist who held this audience enthralled until they leapt to their feet at the end, cheering." (Herald Scotland)

Also in Edinburgh, Richard Egarr led Iestyn Davies and the Academy of Ancient Music in two performances of Bach and Telemann. The Scotsman praised the performances, which were "delivered with a style and panache that lifted the notes clean off the page with their precisely pointed rhythms."

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® was presented at the Proms on 23 August in “an excellent evening of innovation” (Bachtrack), with a a multi-media exploration of the symphony directed by Beyond the Score founder Gerard McBurney presented alongside a performance of Dvorák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ from the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder.  

Leonidas Kavakos reunited with Riccardo Chailly on 25 August, as Intermusica brought the conductor and his Filarmonica della Scala to the Proms to perform Brahms and Respighi. Kavakos performed the Brahms Violin Concerto, a performance which was praised for the "the way he made the music breathe and sing in lyrical, expansive paragraphs while remaining continuously alert both to subtleties of meaning and absolute directness of expression." (Guardian)

Kirill Gerstein continued his partnership with Semyon Bychkov on 31 August, joining the conductor and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1:
"[Gerstein] delivered the slow movement with improvisatory freedom and dazzled with crystalline virtuosity in the finale." (Daily Telegraph)

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Listen again to Andreas Haefliger’s “bewitching” Edinburgh Festival Recital

08 September 2017

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Andreas Haefliger's hugely successful Queen's Hall recital from this year's Edinburgh International Festival is available to listen to on BBC Radio 3 until 13 September. 

Berg Piano Sonata
Liszt Legend No.1, 'St. Francis of Assisi's sermon to the birds'
Beethoven Piano Sonata in A major, Op.101
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition*

*Also available to listen to via Andreas Haefliger's Intermusica profile

The press noted:

"Minutes after coming on-stage, Andreas Haefliger bewitched his Queen’s Hall audience with a lucid, exquisite take on Berg’s rapturous Op.1 Sonata. Stimulating ideas abounded here... he gave an utterly wonderful performance of Pictures at an Exhibition… a big sound, but knows how to be thunderous not clangorous, a vital skill in Mussorgsky’s ever grander closing bars. Inspiringly commanding, thoughtful, lucid and sheerly beautiful. Haefliger the thinker is also the pianist who held this audience enthralled until they leapt to their feet at the end, cheering."
Herald, August 2017

"Haefliger’s genius is in that gap between keyboard and mind… lingering on the ethereal, pushing the sustain pedal to the limits, creating an evocative sound drifting between here and eternity. The birds of Liszt’s St Francois D’Assise twittered dazzlingly under Haefliger’s fingers as his sermonising St Francois reached out to them, intoned against the brilliance of Liszt’s imagination. Beethoven’s innovations appear[ed] fresh in the pianist’s workings. Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition were superb. Haefliger’s playing was so inspiring it sent me straight off to the music shop to hunt down the score."
Scotsman, August 2017

Watch out for Andreas Haefliger’s brand new website, due to be launched in late September.

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Andreas Haefliger returns to the Edinburgh International Festival

01 August 2017

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Andreas Haefliger returns to the Edinburgh International Festival on 15 August 2017 for a solo recital at The Queen’s Hall. Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, the programme features works by Berg, Liszt and Beethoven and concludes with Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. Haefliger is a celebrated Beethoven interpreter, receiving considerable acclaim for his unique renditions of the Sonatas over the years:

"A grandly rhetorical performance (of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata), which threw caution to the winds…a great artist like Haefliger “contains multitudes,” and will show different aspects of himself at different times…the immense slow movement was beautifully shaped, and this success filled Haefliger’s sails, carrying him in triumph through the huge and hugely difficult final fugue…"
Daily Telegraph

“Andreas Haefliger is a musician who brings a boundary-breaking completeness to his recitals…his playing has a humanity and inner logic that you feel Beethoven would have recognised – that, and a sense of externalising for the audience music that has been lived with intensity….”
Classical Source

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Andreas Haefliger & Richard Egarr: solo recitals at Edinburgh International Festival

31 July 2017

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Andreas Haefliger and Richard Egarr return to the Edinburgh International Festival to perform solo recitals on 15 and 17 August 2017. 

Haefliger's, on 15 August, will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from The Queen's Hall. The programme features works by Berg, Liszt and Beethoven and concludes with Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. Haefliger is a celebrated Beethoven interpreter, receiving considerable acclaim for his unique renditions of the Sonatas over the years:

"A grandly rhetorical performance (of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata), which threw caution to the winds…a great artist like Haefliger “contains multitudes,” and will show different aspects of himself at different times…the immense slow movement was beautifully shaped, and this success filled Haefliger’s sails, carrying him in triumph through the huge and hugely difficult final fugue…"
Daily Telegraph

On 17 August, Egarr performs a recital of solo works for harpsichord by Byrd and Purcell at St Cecilia Hall. This is his first performance at the 2017 festival: the following week, he directs a programme of Telemann and Bach Cantatas for solo countertenor with the Academy of Ancient Music and Iestyn Davies. 

A regular at the EIF, Egarr has performed and conducted contrasting repertoire at the festival. Last year, he followed a solo Bach harpsichord recital with an acclaimed performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore with Scottish Opera: 

"Every bar of the score came over with affection and clarity, and was as light as the wind whipping through the rigging. He worked wonders with the orchestra, who sounded utterly rejuvenated"
Seen and Heard International 

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Andreas Haefliger performs Perspectives 6 in return to Wigmore Hall

09 April 2017

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Andreas Haefliger returns to London on 23 April 2017 to perform his Perspectives 6 programme in full at Wigmore Hall. The programme consists of Beethoven Piano Sonatas No.10 and No.30, Berio Erdenklavier & Wasserklavier and Luftklavier & Feuerklavier and Schumann Fantasy in C major.

Haefliger recorded the programme for Avie Records in 2014, and describes how the programme was put together here:

"The programme emerged from the idea of connecting Beethoven’s early Opus 14 sonata and mature Opus 109 with Schumann’s Fantasie, a work informed by its composer’s profound reverence for Beethoven and unconditional love for Clara Wieck. I want to show how each piece progresses towards a kind and gentle loving spirit. Love comes in many forms; sometimes we find it in the humanistic form which is expressed so beautifully and with such gentleness in each of these pieces. While Opus 109 and the Fantasie are not only about this loving quality, and Opus 14 No.2 is not wanting in wit, it is their prevailing motive. We’re looking at a deeply human expression of extreme caring.

Berio’s encore pieces, written between 1965 and 1989, condense a universe of virtuosity, expression, styles and complexity into their short span. I try to include the music of our time in programmes wherever possible. The marriage of Beethoven and Schumann with Berio’s extraordinary encore pieces in Perspectives 6 arose very naturally and happily. The Berio pieces connect the three works from the past and give a ground-tone to the programme. At the end of the evening, you walk out almost as if you’ve been through a meditation."

The recital in London is preceded by a performance of the same programme at Klösterle Weil der Stadt on 21 April.

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Andreas Haefliger performs with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in tour of Asia

17 March 2017

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Andreas Haefliger returns to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra this week for a performance of Messiaen Turangalila at The Esplanade Theatre on 1 April 2017. The performance is conducted by the orchestra's chief conductor, Lan Shui.

Haefliger’s last collaborations with the orchestra were for the world and European premieres of Zhou Long Piano Concerto, written especially for Haefliger and inspired by the pianist’s interest in Eastern spirituality - performances that were described by the Guardian as “a sensational tour de force from Haefliger”.

Haefliger then travels to India for recitals at the NCPA Mumbai and the Pune Music Society on 6 and 8 April. Haefliger performs his Perspectives 6 programme, which juxtaposes works by Beethoven Berio and Schumann, and which he recorded for Avie Records in 2014. He performs the same programme on 23 April in his return to the Wigmore Hall.

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Andreas Haefliger makes De Doelen debut with solo recital

01 January 2017

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Andreas Haefliger makes his debut at De Doelen, Rotterdam, on 15 January 2017, giving a solo recital of works including Beethoven Sonata No.10 and No.30, four Encores by Berio and Schumann Fantasie in C. Haefliger recorded and released this programme on Avie in 2014 as part of his Perspective series, to great critical acclaim:

"I’ll risk hyperbole and suggest that this disc, along with Mitsuko Uchida’s, are the two finest recordings of the Schumann Fantasie made thus far this century. Haefliger is an artist at his peak: confident, serene, consummately lyrical…a vision of musical architecture second to none."
International Record Review on Perspectives 6: Beethoven, Berio, Schumann (Avie Records)

Haefliger performs the same programme at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark, on 13 January.

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Andreas Haefliger begins two-week US tour with Marina Piccinini

26 January 2016

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Andreas Haefliger embarks on a two-week US tour alongside internationally renowned flautist Marina Piccinini this month, opening the tour at the EJ Thomas Hall in Akron, Ohio, on 9 February 2016. The duo then visit Washington Performing Arts Society on 11 February, University of Florida on 13 February and Rockefellar University, New York City, on 17 February before closing the last leg of their tour at the Nasher Sculpture Centre in Dallas on 19 February.

As part of a programme that features the works of Prokofiev, Thomas Adès, C. Franck and Boulez, the performance also includes a world premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Nocturne, a piece composed for Haefliger and Piccinini's 25th wedding anniversary.

Following his US tour, Haefliger returns to the United States in March for two performances of Schumann Piano Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Jesús López-Cobos.

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Andreas Haefliger continues his Perspectives recital series at Wigmore Hall

19 November 2015

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Following on from two recitals in Mumbai and Pune, Andreas Haefliger returns to London on 3 December 2015 to contine his Perspectives recital series at Wigmore Hall. Haefliger performs a selection of Mozart, Beethoven, Bartók and Brahms on, a programme designed to highlight the lesser known links and affinities between Beethoven Piano Sonatas and the music of other composers.

Click here to watch a video exploring the Perspectives series in more depth.

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Andreas Haefliger: performances with Doric Quartet at Wigmore Hall & Concertgebouw for European tour

25 January 2015

Andreas Haefliger focuses on chamber music during February with several concerts alongside the Doric Quartet. This new collaboration was suggested by the Wigmore Hall’s Executive Director John Gilhooly – a fan of both Haefliger and of the quartet.

They play the Shostakovich Piano Quintet together at the Wigmore Hall on 14 February, preceded by a tour across Europe, notably to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 8 February and for the Bilbao Philharmonic Society on 9 February.

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Andreas Haefliger gives European premiere of Zhou Long’s Piano Concerto at BBC Proms

19 August 2014

Andreas Haefliger returns to London on 2 September to give the European premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long’s Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms. Haefliger, who the Sunday Times recently described as "a pianist at the peak of his powers", performs with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the orchestra’s Music Director Lan Shui at the Royal Albert Hall, following on from the piece's world premiere in Singapore on 4 July.

This unusual piano concerto, which was written for Haefliger, explores the fusion of spiritual Eastern elements with more traditional Western music practices, and incorporates ideas inspired by Haefliger’s personal interest in kung-fu.
Haefliger will be discussing the composition alongside Lan Shui on Monday 1 September on In Tune on BBC Radio 3.

Haefliger's performance of the Piano Concerto was praised by the Guardian as “a sensational tour de force from Haefliger”, and by the Daily Telegraph:

“the inventiveness of Zhou’s orchestration and the work’s often irresistible rhythmic exuberance held the attention. It’s hard to imagine a more committed and vivid performance than it received here from the Shui, his orchestra and the pianist Andreas Haefliger.”

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Andreas Haefliger: two concerts with Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Hall

07 February 2014

Andreas Haefliger joins the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Michel Tabachnik in their London residency at Cadogan Hall this month, for performances on 21 and 22 February. Haefliger will perform both Ravel piano concerti: the G major on 21 February and the Left Hand on 22 February.

This follows Haefliger’s performance with the Brussels Philharmonic of the Left Hand Concerto at De Singel Antwerp as part of the KLARA radio station’s music day, with live radio relay and subsequent television broadcast.

Haefliger’s next London appearance will be 9 April when he returns to the Wigmore Hall for a solo recital of Beethoven, Berio and Schumann.

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Andreas Haefliger performs recital at Beijing’s National Centre for Performing Arts

01 November 2013

Andreas Haefliger returns to Beijing in November for a recital at the National Centre for Performing Arts.

On 15 November Haefliger performs a selection of Berio, Beethoven and Schumann, a programme which he will bring to Wigmore Hall, London, in April 2014.

Haefliger’s recital in Beijing is a reinvitation after his extraordinary performance of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier last Autumn at the NCPA Beijing and at Shanghai’s Concert Hall.

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Andreas Haefliger performs recital at the Edinburgh International Festival

01 August 2013

Andreas Haefliger will perform Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' sonata and Schubert's Sonata in G major D.894 sonata at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival. His recital, on 17 August, is in the Queen's Hall series.

You can also hear Haefliger in conversation on Radio 3's In Tune the day before, 16 August, when he also will treat a studio audience to a live performance.

"The contours of Beethoven’s piano masterpiece ['Hammerklavier' sonata] are delineated with wonderful authority.”

Independent, Album of the week, November 2011 (album: Perspectives 5)

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Andreas Haefliger performs with the Orchestre de Paris at the Salle Pleyel and on tour

25 October 2012

Andreas Haefliger replaces Grigory Sokolov at 24 hours’ notice, playing recitals at Louisiana Museum of Art in Copenhagen, on 25 and 26 October. The programme is Schubert Sonata in G major, D.894, and Beethoven 'Hammerklavier' Sonata Op.106.

This is the same programme Haefliger recently performed on tour in China, at the Beijing NCPA and Shanghai Concert Hall, with great success and immediate re-invitations.

On 8 November Haefliger will appear with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi playing Mozart's K.491 concerto at the Salle Pleyel and on tour to Zurich, Bern, Lucerne and Geneva (18 to 21 November).

A short film has just been released of Haefliger playing at the Wigmore Hall and discussing with distinguished journalist James Jolly the making of his latest album, Perspectives 5, featuring Beethoven’s 'Hammerklavier' sonata together with Liszt’s Les Annees de Pelerinage Suisse.

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