Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. A Nonesuch Records artist, his newest album of orchestral works, Home Stretch, has been hailed for its “playful intelligence and individuality,” (The Guardian) and of his 2010 debut album for two pianos, Shy and Mighty, Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker that “it 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.”
Notable works include Everything Happens So Much, commissioned and premiered by the Boston Symphony, led by Music Director Andris Nelsons; Strong Language, a string quartet 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 and premiered at the Barbican Centre in London with Andres and pianist David Kaplan; and The Blind Banister, a piano concerto for Jonathan Biss. Co-commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Blind Banister was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.
Andres has also written works for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Chamber music includes works for yMusic, eighth blackbird, Gabriel Kahane, a work for musicians of the New World Symphony, and a piano quintet for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and San Francisco Performances.
As a pianist, Andres has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Phillips Collection, (le) Poisson Rouge, National Sawdust, and elsewhere. He has toured with Brad Mehldau, and performed the world premiere of a piano concerto by Ingram Marshall—written specifically for him—with John Adams and the LA Phil. He has toured internationally with Philip Glass, performing the complete Piano Études alongside the composer. He recently appeared at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, where he received the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize; Glass selected Andres as the recipient of this award.
This season Andres writes new works for the Music Academy of the West; for Inbal Segev and Metropolis Ensemble, performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; and for Ravinia’s Steans Institute of Music, celebrating their 30th anniversary. He performs the Ingram Marshall Concerto with John Adams and the New World Symphony on the same bill as Mr. Biss performing The Blind Banister; joins Evan Christ and the Orchester Cottbus Staatstheater; offers solo recitals at Bargemusic and for San Francisco Performances; and collaborates with the Kronos Quartet and LA Dance Project.
Timo Andres earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Yale School of Music. He is one sixth of the Sleeping Giant composers’ collective, with whom he has written for the Albany Symphony, Carnegie Hall, eighth blackbird, and others. He is a Yamaha/Bösendorfer artist.
taken by Michael Wilson, Cincinnati, OH, January 2017
taken by Michael Wilson, Brooklyn, NY, May 2013
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