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 Monteverdis “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.
as well: Andreas Skouras
The young pianist’s play was full of nuances and with a transparent culture of touching every single key, not only his difficult task as Lied-accompanist he mastered with style: fizzing runs and clear accents made especially Jannis Konstantinidis’ variation movement of his second sonata for piano and the ‘Six naïv pictures’ of Manos Hadzidakis to the gems of the evening full of atmosphere.
from: Westfälische Nachrichten, ‚Ερως και Θάνατος’ Eros and Thanatos – Love and Dead’ Greek piano music
ENCORE AFTER THE OTHER DUE TO STORM OF APPLAUSE: … With his melodies
the pianist virtuosly conjured up the audience into an enchanted world,
… there was nobody being not touched by its
magic. … everybody was really gripped by Skouras’ play.
songs and piano music on the occasion of 25th anniversary Greek-German
In the following you will find a programme proposal with Greek composers for a piano recital.
If you prefer other combinations or pieces,
please let us know,
a solution will be found easily.
The Artists' Agency is looking foreward to your contact.
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