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 Strong Language, a 2015 string quartet for the Takács Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series and The Blind Banister, a piano concerto for Jonathan Biss and the Saint 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 16/17 he writes a major new work for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to be led by Music Director Andris Nelsons.
In 15/16, 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 also toured with with Philip Glass, performing Glass’s complete piano Etudes, with concerts in Mexico City and Chicago. (These follow 14/15 performances with Glass at Brooklyn’s BAM, San Francisco Performances, the National Concert Hall in Dublin and London’s Barbican Centre), and 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, Andres has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Phillips Collection, (le) Poisson Rouge, and San Francisco Performances. He appeared at the 2014 Ojai Festival with the Knights Chamber Orchestra, and performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the North Carolina Symphony in January and May 2015.
Andres earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale. He frequently performs with the new music ensemble ACME and is one sixth of the Sleeping Giant composers’ collective.