Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Notable works include Everything Happens So Much for the Boston Symphony; Strong Language for the Takács Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series; Steady Hand, a two-piano concerto commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia premiered at the Barbican by Andres and David Kaplan; and The Blind Banister, a concerto for Jonathan Biss, which was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.
As a pianist, Timo Andres has appeared with the LA Phil, North Carolina Symphony, the Albany Symphony, New World Symphony, and in many collaborations with Andrew Cyr and Metropolis Ensemble. He has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, San Francisco Performances, the Phillips Collection, and (le) Poisson Rouge.
Collaborators include Becca Stevens, Jeffrey Kahane, Gabriel Kahane, Brad Mehldau, Nadia Sirota, the Kronos Quartet, John Adams, and Philip Glass, with whom he has performed the complete Glass Etudes around the world, and who selected Andres as the recipient of the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize. Andres also frequently works with Sufjan Stevens; his orchestral arrangements of Stevens’s ballet, Principia, were presented last season by the New York City Ballet, and his recording of Stevens’s solo piano album, The Decalogue, has received widespread acclaim.
Other recent projects include a new work for the Calder Quartet through the LA Phil, premiered at Noon to Midnight; a major choral-orchestral work for the Orchester Cottbus Staatstheater, Land Mass; and dates at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Neue Galerie, and Big Ears Festival with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. In November 2019, Andres curated (and performed in) “American Perspective,” a concert with the Cincinnati Symphony, André de Ridder, Dance Heginbotham, and Inbal Segev, playing his cello concerto, Upstate Obscura.
During the “quiet” season of 2020/21, Timo Andres built an impressive library of gorgeous music films, featuring a deep range of repertoire which he performed, recorded, engineered, directed, and edited from home. He shares these films with an engaged international subscriber audience on his YouTube channel. The project was kicked off when his April 29, 2020 solo recital debut for Carnegie Hall was cancelled because of the pandemic; over the next few months, he created a bespoke YouTube playlist exploring the program (featuring works by John Adams, Philip Glass, Brad Mehldau, Laurie Anderson, himself, and a new commission from Gabriella Smith, et al). The playlist was the subject of a New York Times article, read that here.
In the summer of 2021, Andres was presented in two concerts by San Francisco Performances, including a chamber music concert with Jennifer Koh and Jay Campbell, and a solo recital. He is a 2021 Ojai Music Festival Artist, where he performs both a solo recital and Ingram Marshall’s Flow with John Adams and the OMF Orchestra (on a program with his own Running Theme). 21/22 also includes the premiere of a new composition for concert:nova, a solo work for cellist Johannes Moser; a piece for the Myriad Trio; and a solo recital for the Kaufman Music Center in New York City.
A Nonesuch Records artist, Timo Andres is featured as composer and pianist on the May 2020 release I Still Play, an album comprising a set of piano pieces written by himself and fellow Nonesuch artists for Chairman Emeritus Bob Hurwitz. A Yale School of Music graduate, he is a Yamaha/Bösendorfer Artist and is on the composition faculty at the Mannes School of Music at the New School.
"Timo Andres is a musical triple threat."
"Classical concerts can have a hothouse air: exquisite music, carefully presented. Andres, however, approached these works less gingerly, as if they were part of a living dialogue."
"A fascinating and fast-developing musician."