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Timothy Andres

composer & piano

Composer and pianist Timothy Andres, born in 1985 in Palo Alto, California, grew up in rural Connecticut and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His compositions meld a classical music upbringing with diverse interests in the natural world, graphic arts, technology, cooking and photography.

An avid pianist from an early age, Timothy Andres (Timo for short) performs widely, focusing especially on music by his contemporaries. “New music cannot be intimidating when played with this degree of skill and zest,” proclaims The Boston Globe. Andres recently played solo concerts at the Music Center at Strathmore and on the Wordless Music series at Miller Theater and performed his solo piano piece How can I live in your world of ideas? on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series. The Los Angeles Times pronounced it “irresistible.”

The recipient of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2012 Sound Investment commission, Andres premieres his new work with LACO in April 2012. In addition, he performs his re-composition of Mozart’s “Coronation” Concerto with LACO and with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony.

Other recent and current works include a Carnegie Hall commission for Ensemble ACJW; Family Plays, a short song cycle for Gabriel Kahane; and It takes a long time to become a good composer, a companion suite to Schumann’s Kreisleriana.

Andres’ debut album, Shy and Mighty, was released by Nonesuch in May 2010. It was an immediate critical success; The New Yorker noted that Shy and Mighty “achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene…more mighty than shy, [Andres] sounds like himself.”

Timothy Andres

photo Jonathan Waiter

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