Andreas Haefliger

Andreas  Haefliger

Andreas Haefliger

Pianist Andreas Haefliger was born into a distinguished Swiss musical family and grew up in Germany, going on to study at the Juilliard School. He was quickly recognized as a pianist of the first rank, and engagements with major U.S. orchestras followed swiftly, among them the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics, and the Boston, Chicago, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras. His European appearances have encompassed such major festivals and orchestras as the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, London Symphony Orchestra, the Munich and Rotterdam philharmonics, the Orchestre de Paris, Royal Concertgebouworkest, and Vienna Symphony. He has ongoing relationships with the Edinburgh and Lucerne festivals, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and other major halls across North America and Asia. Mr. 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 Mr. Haefliger’s solo recital appearances and CD recordings in recent years. At this summer’s BBC Proms, he gave the world premiere with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo of compatriot Dieter Ammann’s new concerto, which was specially commissioned for him and which he performs in its U.S. premiere with the BSO (a co-commissioner of the work) this week. In March 2020 he joins Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra in a special Beethoven concert at the Royal Festival Hall, playing the Fourth Piano Concerto, Choral Fantasy, and the solo Fantasia in G minor, Opus 77. Other highlights of Mr. Haefliger’s 2019-20 season include music of Beethoven with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and in recital at the Flagey Piano Festival, as well as Mozart with Ludovic Morlot at the Aspen Festival. He also tours to Japan, culminating in a solo recital at Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan. Mr. Haefliger records exclusively for BIS Records, which released his latest “Perspectives” CD in spring 2018. His first concerto recording, slated for release in spring 2020, features Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand, and the new Ammann work, all with Susanna Mälkki and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Andreas Haefliger made his BSO debut in November/December 1996 as a soloist in Messiaen’s Concert à quatre for flute, oboe, cello, and piano, returning in January/February 1999 as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, in March 2002 for the world premiere of Michael Colgrass’s BSO-commissioned Crossworlds for flute, piano, and orchestra, and in October 2005 as soloist in Schumann’s Piano Concerto. He has appeared in recital at Tanglewood in 1995 and 2010.