Andrew West


Piano - Piano Accompaniment and Piano Ensemble Coaching

Active soloist and duo pianist, touring and recording with singers and instrumentalists all over the world

Member of the jury for the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Competition

Studied at the Royal Academy of Music

Andrew has developed partnerships with many of the country’s leading singers and instrumentalists.
His duo partners include Emma Bell, Emily Beynon, Florian Boesch, Alice Coote, James Gilchrist, Emma Johnson, Robert Murray, Christopher Purves, Marianne Thorsen and Roderick Williams, and they have performed at major festivals such as Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham and Edinburgh. Andrew received the inaugural Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists, and for several years he acted as official accompanist to the Steans Institute for Singers at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.

He appears regularly with Mark Padmore; their concerts together have included recitals throughout Europe and in New York, and staged performances of Schubert's Winterreise at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Lincoln Center. At the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival they gave the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s song-cycle, Songs from the Same Earth.

Andrew has been one of the artistic directors of the Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival since 2005. The festival has produced four of Britten’s chamber operas and promoted a wide range of British music, from Purcell to Ades, performed by leading European singers and instrumentalists. This year features the music of Beethoven and Henze, and includes song-recitals by Mark Padmore and Andrew West.

As a duo pianist he has appeared at the City of London and Cheltenham Festivals with pianist Cedric Tiberghien. He was also closely involved with the Michael Clark Dance Company's Stravinsky Project, performing the two-piano version of The Rite of Spring with Philip Moore, and in a 2008 production of Les Noces at the Barbican and Lincoln Center, New York. Andrew’s partnership with flautist Emily Beynon led to their Hyperion recording of the complete works for flute and piano by the French composers Les Six, and they have also given trio recitals with cellist Paul Watkins at the Purcell Room and the BBC Chamber Music Proms. Emily and Andrew have appeared at the Edinburgh International Festival, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Wigmore Hall.

CD recordings include Lieder by Strauss, Marx and Bruno Walter with Emma Bell for Linn; music by Les Six with Emily Beynon for Hyperion; and Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin with Robert Murray, for Stone Records..
Andrew has worked with violinist Sarah Chang in Britain and Ireland, and performed with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras at many of the major European halls. His piano quartet Touchwood released their first CD, of works by Chausson and Saint-Saens, in 2000, and this was subsequently chosen as CD of the Month by the Daily Telegraph. He won second prize at the Geneva International Piano Competition in 1990 and has since made solo tours of South Africa, South America and the U.S., and has given numerous recitals at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall.

Andrew read English at Clare College, Cambridge before studying under Christopher Elton and John Streets at the Royal Academy of Music. He was Pianist-in-Residence at Lancaster University from 1993–99, and served on the jury of the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Competition.

‘His ability to shimmer and support and craft a near-symphonic scale of thought and emotion within the shortest Lied knocks other accompanists into a cocked hat’ – Independent on Sunday
‘Mr West distinguished himself with some sparklingly incisive and characterful playing’ – New York Times
‘Technically and interpretatively the finest accompanist in Britain’ – Independent on Sunday

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