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 arrangements of Stevens’s ballet, Principia, were presented last season by the New York City Ballet, and his recording of Stevens’s newest 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 the Big Ears Festival with vocalist Theo Bleckmann.
This season, 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. He was slated to make his recital debut for Carnegie Hall – but after a Covid-19 cancellation, he created a bespoke YouTube playlist exploring the program (which included works by John Adams, Philip Glass, Brad Mehldau, Laurie Anderson, himself, and a new commission from Gabriella Smith, et al).
Next season he is presented in residency by San Francisco Performances, including chamber music with Jennifer Koh and Jay Campbell; a solo recital; and a collaboration with a new commission for Anthony Roth Costanzo, the Attacca Quartet, and himself. He also performs his piano concerto, The Blind Banister, with the Oregon Symphony, led by James Gaffigan.
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 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."