Guest lecture/discussion:
September 29, 2016
12pm in Schoenfeld Hall


We welcome Brooklyn-based composer and pianist Timo Andres to USC for a special Thursday afternoon lecture and discussion. 

Timo Andres plays his own arrangement of W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 "Coronation," with The Metropolis Ensemble.

Born in Connecticut in 1985, Timo is one his generation's most sought-after voices in contemporary music. A Nonesuch Records artist, Timo's newest album of orchestral works - Home Stretch - has been hailed for its "playfullness and originality" (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] sounded like himself."

Notable works include Strong Language, a 2015 string quartet for the Takacs Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series, and The Blind Banister, a piano concerto for Jonathan Biss and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Co-commissioned by the SPCO with Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, The Blind Banister was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. In April 2016, Andres joined New World Symphony musicians for the world premiere of his Tides and Currents, and in 2016-17, he writes a major new work for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to be led by Music Director Andris Nelsons.

In 2015-16, Andres performed a duo tour with fellow composer/performer Gabriel Kahane - for whom he wrote a new work, commissioned by Carnegie Hall - to Carnegie, the Newman Center in Denver, the Schubert Club in St. Paul, the Cliburn, and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has also toured with Philip Glass, performing Glass's complete piano Etudes, with concerts at Brooklyn's BAM, San Francisco Performances, the National Concert Hall in Dublin and London's Barbican Centre. He joined violinist Yevgeny Kutik in Washington, DC for the first of a three-concert series curated by composer Nico Muhly for The Phillips Collection's 75th Anniversary celebrations.

Other recent highlights include commissions from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a piano quintet for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet, for a consortium including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and San Francisco Performances.

As a pianist, Timo has appeared at the Ojai Festival, Wigmore Hall, le Poisson Rouge, and recently was the featured soloist in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the North Carolina Symphony.

Timo received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Yale. He performs frequently with the new music ensemble ACME and is one sixth of the Sleeping Giant composers collective.

For whatever reason, Timo Andres shares one of his favorite recipes--arugula salad with perfectly cooked flank steak.