Andreas Skouras

Harpsichordist,

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 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.

  

look as well: Andreas Skouras

Press

   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

  

   ONE 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.

Greek songs and piano music on the occasion of 25th anniversary Greek-German Academic-Association

   

 

Programme

In the following you will find a programme proposal with Greek composers for a piano recital.

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4to a little white sea urchin

Skouras, Piano

Manos Hadzidakis

Marios Varvoglis

Yannis A. Papaioannou

Yannis Constantinidis

Nikos Skalkottas

Yannis Constantinidis

Minas Borboudakis

Manos Hadjidakis

To a little white sea urchin, op. 1

Sonatine

Dance fantastique

6 etudes on Greek folk rhythms

Passacaglia

Sonatine no. 2

Palindromia

Six national pictures

- Cloudy Sunday

- The Lady

- Drizzle

- The Coachman

- Baxe Tsifliki

- Moonless Night

Music Short Cuts

(all four live)