Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut, studied at Yale University 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 TheNew 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.”
In the 15/16 season Andres’s commissions include a new piano concerto for Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and a string quartet for the Takács Quartet, co-comissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series in Baltimore. He tours with fellow composer/performer Gabriel Kahane, performing a duo program including new works from each artist, commissioned by a consortium of presenters led by Carnegie Hall. He also tours with Philip Glass, joining the composer in marathon performances of Glass’s complete piano Etudes, with dates 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.)
Other recent highlights include commissions from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and a consortium including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and San Francisco Performances for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet. Andres has also written works for Kirill Gerstein, Tertulia Chamber Music, yMusic, and the Library of Congress for the Attaca Quartet. His 2014 song cycle Work Songs, written an ensemble including Gabriel Kahane, Ted Hearne, Becca Stevens, Nathan Koci and himself, was premiered at the Ecstatic Music Festival and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music.
As a pianist, Andres has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Phillips Collection, (le) Poisson Rouge, and San Francisco Performances. He performed his distinctive re-composition of Mozart’s “Coronation Concerto” at the 2014 Ojai Festival with the Knights Chamber Orchestra, and his own work, Old Keys, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with Edwin Outwater and the North Carolina Symphony in January 2015.
Andres earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Yale School of Music and is one sixth of the Sleeping Giant composers’ collective. He performs regularly with ACME, has worked professionally as a graphic and web designer, and has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, BMI, and ASCAP, as well as grants from New Music USA and the Copland Fund.
An avid cyclist, Timo can often be sighted commuting astride his 1983 Mercian.