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"Internationally renowned concert pianist Andreas Klein joined forces with the Symphony to tackle Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4. His precision and communication with conductor Peter Jaffe made this daunting work a thing of beauty and brilliance. The contrasting dialogue between piano and strings in the brief but moving second movement evoked conflict and sadness, which is soon eclipsed by the ecstatic rondo of the third movement."
-Matthew Baer, Special to The Record, November 17, 2012
"A bright, unmistakably Schubertian opening sets the tone for the piece. From Klein's first entry throughout the entire fantasy, he played with articulate clarity while displaying expressive technique and craftsmanship. I was particularly taken with his voicing in the slow, second section, one of two solo passages that featured Klein. The ensemble between orchestra and soloist was excellent, providing an uninterrupted flow from beginning to end. Perhaps the most exciting moment was the return of the opening theme in the final section, scored in fugal imitation propelling the fantasy to its grandiose conclusion, where one could not help but hear Liszt's impact on the work."
-James Chaudoir, Post Crescent, October 6, 2012
Rave reviews in Mexico and Guatemala
Monterrey, Mexico: "Pianist Andreas Klein showed an elegance and a magisterial technique in his execution which prompted the enthusiastic applause of the public at the International Festival at 17 Sala Beethoven in Monterrey, Mexico. Klein possesses a refined technique which shone with equal brightness, smooth touch and great vigor in Schumann's "Fantasie Stuecke" and the audience heard an interpretation of the highest rank in his "Wanderer Fantasie" by Schubert. Klein instilled in his execution deep lyrical flights of inspiration. Nothing missed this interpretation which was accomplished with a sincere and noble expressiveness."
Torreon, Mexico: "Andreas Klein, an artist who captivated the audience with his deeply thoughtful and disciplined interpretation of three grand romantic works. His playing deserved great respect... it was methodical, with discipline and significance, because it was a complete give and take in the service of the music. Not to oversee in this artist is his spectacular work which was free of the average showmanship."
Antigua, Guatemla: "Maestro Andreas Klein's impeccable execution, his excellent sense of voicing - a rare caliber of musician. The combination of skill and affection he showed as an interpreter was of a quality rare to find in a soloist. Thank you, maestro."
Two standing ovations at the Ravinia Festival!
The Los Angeles concert including the Brahms and Mozart Sonatas was on KUSC Radio on demand stream, receiving marvelous responses.
The concert at the MIM, the newly opened Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, was filled to capacity with an enthusiastic audience and rave reviews.
Highlights of the 2008/09 season
"His performance on the radio was beautiful... he would easily be compared to some of today's top pianists. I also enjoyed meeting him."
-Piano Forte Foundation, Chicago
"Andreas Klein was superb, as I knew he would be. The orchestra was absolutely thrilled to work with him, as was I. It was an honor to have him here. Yes, we had a capacity crowd on Saturday night, and the audience reaction was extremely positive. The master class was also very good: his comments to the students were well targeted, and inspirational to all involved. I know that many people listened to his recital on WFMT as well. So in all: a great success!"
-Du Page Symphony, Chicago
Andreas Klein was again the soloist with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists performing Beethoven's own version for string orchestra of the 4th piano concerto in San Diego, Salt Lake City and Thomasville.
"Klein's interpretative skills, his musicality and technical acumen allowed for a very musical reading, that was complemented by the ensemble"
- Desert News, Salt Lake City
He performed the same concerto with the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss in Germany. "...gripping and impressive was his huge dynamic range; his control to produce a flawless shading down to a barely audible sound was breathtaking"
- Grevenbroicher Zeitung
For the season finale with the Greenwich Symphony he gave two brilliant renditions of the Liszt Concerto No.1. "Klein voiced this melodic writing with a sound both tender and confident"
- Greenwich Times
"A world caliber performance. Andreas Klein executed this piece with its octaves, trills, glissandi and scampering passages without turning a hair, his long fingers simply moving about the keyboard like a magician's"
- Greenwich Citizen
He appeared in recital in Cleveland and Houstons Hobby Center and "live" at American Public Radio's "St. Paul Sunday", KUHF Houston, and at WGBH Boston which was also videotaped.
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