Andreas Skouras

Harpsichord Player,

Fortepiano Player,

Pianist

- his particular characteristic is his versatility: as instruments he masters the harpsichord, the fortepiano and the piano. Due to this flexibility he possesses a vaste repertory and deep knowledge of many different epochs from barock style up to modern times – a knowledge that can be heared in the artist’s interpretations. Andreas Skouras’ play is characterized by an emphatic temperament and technical brillance.

 

   Born in 1972 in Salonica (Greece) Andreas Skouras studied piano with Prof. Franz Massinger and harpsichord with Prof. Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Prof. Ketil Haugsand at the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts.

   Concert appearances, CD, radio and television productions as pianist and harpsichordist with orchestra or solo, in chamber music and Lied recitals regularly lead him throughout Europe and to festivals like “Early Music” in London, Festival Aix- en-Provence, Gidon Kremer’s “Lockenhaus”, the Bluval Festival, Summer Concerts between Danube and Altmuhl, MDR Music Summer as well as to the U.S., where among others he has performed in the New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall. His chamber music partners include Peter Sadlo, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ernö Sebestyén, Markus Zahnhausen and Minas Borboudakis. Skouras’ precision and the ability to acquire a so far unknown work to him within a very short period of time, made him a demanded interpreter, for instance he was playing together with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Münchner Kammerorchester, the Nürnberger Symphoniker and the Georgischen Kammerorchester Ingolstadt. He is co- founder and harpsichordist of the “Ensemble Munich Baroque” and he gave a very successful conducting debut in Monteverdi's “Combattimento”.

   Skouras’ repertoiry includes the complete Well-Tempered Clavier and the Art of Fugue by J. S. Bach, the complete Mozart and Haydn Sonatas, as well as works by composers of the romantic era. So in the coming year 2007 he will perform the complete piano work by J. Brahms cyclically in Munic and Leipzig. Naturally Skouras puts a special focus on works by Greek composers. So he is one of the few harpsichordists worldwide who dares to play “Khoai” by Iannis Xenakis and interprets one of the most difficult pieces for this instrument with style.

   Compositions that have never or rarely been played before are preferred by Skouras to be performed. He gained wide acclaim of auditors and specialists when he rediscovered Richard Strauss’ Suite for harpsichord solo from the opera “Capriccio” and for his performance of Elgars Enigma Variations transcribed by composer himself. In spring 2006 Skouras will play the first performance of “Dancing Fauns” for piano for two hands by Carl Orff at the Orff-Centre Munic. His intensive work on contemporary music is proven by co-operations with many well-known composers who wrote pieces especially for him – for example Kagel, Schtschedrin, Kochan, Stadlmair, Corcoran, Schwenk, Zahnhausen, Glanert, Zechlin, Acker, Borboudakis, Baur, Terzakis, Kiesewetter, B. Hummel, Weiß.

   Andreas Skouras teaches harpsichord at the University of Music in Munich and he frequently holds piano master classes at the Academy of Music in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 2003 the Bavarian Arts Prize was awarded to him.

Press

   Today he equally plays harpsichord, pianoforte and piano and is interested in  nearly everything that can be ralized on a keyboard instrument.

from: Süddeutsche Zeitung, portrait

  

   Especially with his interpretation of the Siciliano, the award-winner gave a brillant demonstration of his capacities. Under his hands the instrument, whose sound is always considered as kind of thin, began to sing.

from: Donaukurier, Bach Concert for Harpsichord e major, presentation of awards Bavarian Award Support Art 2003

  

   Clear structure, fizzing touch, comprehensive interpretation down to the last detail – what more do you want.

from: Süddeutsche Zeitung, programme: Haydn Concerto for piano d major

  

   Skouras presented an outstanding interpretation of Beethoven’s rarely played sonata in a major op.101.

from: Donaukurier, programme: Beethoven piano sonatas

  

   ... sympathetically interpreted by Andreas Skouras, pianist, harpsichord player and lecturer at the Munic College of Music.

from: nmz, Schwenk, programme: Sonatas for piano

   So an evident phenomenon can be explained, meanwhile a wide audience as well as colleages and musicians are coming to Skouras’ concerts: All are interested in his opinion.

from: Landshuter Zeitung, programme: Mozart piano sonatas

  

   ... young Andreas Skouras presented himself to the audience as technically brillant being able to create a tender sound. … In the last movement he showed the art of combining a virtuos way of playing with changing musical characters,  … his interpretation will rest in the listner’s minds.

from: Süddeutsche Zeitung, programme: Mozart piano concert KV 503

Programmes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme I

A LA FRANCAISE

 

Francis Couperin (1668 - 1733)

   selection from "Piéces de clavecin"

Jean- Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764)

   Suite a minor (1728)

Richard Strauss(1864 - 1949)

  Suite from  “Capriccio”

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

   French Ouverture b- minor BWV 871

Programme II

Chromatic

  

Michel Angelo Rossi (um 1602 - 1656)

  Toccata settima

Jukka Tiensuu (1948 - )

   Train - Étude for Harpsichord (2000)

Johann Jacob Froberger (1616 - 1667)

   Toccata II FbWV (Libro secondo)

Jukka Tiensuu (1948 - )

   Drain - Étude for Harpsichord (2000)

Jan Pieterson Sweelinck (1562 - 1621)

   Fantasia chromatica

Anders Eliasson (1947 - )

   Disegno (1987)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

   Chromatic Fantasie and Fuge

Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757)

   Sonatas K 115, 204a, 205

Programme III

Scarlatti and us

 

Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757)

   Sonatas K 460 & 461

Toru Takemitsu (1930 -1996)

   Rain Dreaming

Domenico Scarlatti

   Sonatas K 263 & 264

Dieter Acker (1940 - )

   Sonata for harpsichord

Domenico Scarlatti

   Sonatas K 545 & 545

György Ligeti (1923 - )

   Continuum

Domenico Scarlatti

   Sonaten K 516 & 517

Jukka Tiensuu (1948 - )

   Études for harpsichord

Domenico Scarlatti

   Sonatas K 546 & 547

Anders Eliasson (1947 - )

   Disegno

Domenico Scarlatti

   Sonata K 205

Programme IV

Bach in Venice

 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

Concerto  d major BWV 972 after Vivaldi's op. 3 Nr. 2

Concerto c minor BWV 981 after Benedetto Marcello's op. 1 Nr. 2

Concerto g major BWV 980 after Vivaldi's Violin Concerto RV 381

Prelude and Fuge about a theme from Albinoni BWV 923/ 951

Concerto d minor BWV 974 after Alessandro Marcellos concerto for Oboe

Italian Concert f major BWV 971

Concerto c major BWV 976 after Vivaldi's op. 3 Nr. 12

Programme V

from Spanien to greece

 

Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757)

   Three Sonatas

Iannis Xenakis (1922 - 2001)

   Khoai

Domenico Scarlatti

   Three Sonatas

Minas Borboudakis (1974 - )

   Hommage á Picasso

Antonio Soler (1729 - 1783)

   Fandango

Discography

 

Andreas Skouras, keyboard isntrument:

 

Joseph Haydn: Sonaten Hob. XVI, 40 - 42 (fortepiano)

Cavalli Records

 

Frederik Schwenk: Sonatinen Nr. 1 - 3 (piano)

Cavalli Records

 

Minas Borboudakis: Chorochronos I & II

Cavalli Records

 

Henry Purcell: Suite for harpsichord g minor

CD Reihe der Hochschule für Musik und Theater München

 

Dieter Acker: Sonata for harpsichord

CD Reihe der Hochschule für Musik und Theater München

 

Günter Kochan: music for recorder and harpsichord

Cadenza (Bayer Records)

 

Markus Zahnhausen: Klingende Stille

Traurige Tropen

 

Berthold Hummel: Quintett for piano and wind isntruments

Bluval CD 1

 

Leonard Bernstein: Halil for flute, piano and percussion

Relief

Music Shortcuts
HARPSICHORD
Iannis Xenakis’: Khoai (mp3, 53 s, 639 KB) live
J. S. Bach: Kunst der Fuge I (mp3, 52 s, 620 KB)
FORTEPIANO
J. Haydn: Sonate in B, Allegro di molto  (mp3, 29 s, 347 KB)
J. Haydn: Sonate in G, Allegretto e innocente (mp3, 32 s, 391 KB)
PIANO
A. Schnittke: Klavierkonzert Nr. XX (mp3, 125 s, 1,44 MB) live
F. Schwenk: Dritte Sonatine, 1.  (mp3, 28 s, 341 KB)